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Through Our Eyes – pictures taken by young migrants in Greece

Through Our Eyes is a photographic project by teenage asylum seekers living in a camp on Samos island, Greece. They were each given a disposable camera and asked to document their daily life

This collection of photographs taken by teenage asylum seekers in Samos offers an intimate and powerful portrait of the hardship they face at the island’s refugee camp, which was built for 650 people but is home to more than 4,000. The camp is one of five registration centres, or “hotspots”, for asylum seekers on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

There was a protest. All the African guys wanted to be transferred and they burned two toilets Mahdi, 15

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

We are enclosed in a dirty place, far from the other Greek people. I don’t know if it is for security or for racism Omid, 15

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

This is the boat that carried me and my family in the sea between Turkey and Greece at 3 o’clock in the morning Samaneh, 16

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

How people build their house in the 'jungle', Mahdi

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

I put this light here to make my container more beautiful. Zeynab, 17

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

In this photo, children are happy and they are in a safe place. I like that, Samaneh

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

In the 'jungle' people don’t have water. They use buckets to take water to their tents. It’s very hard work, Omid

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

People at the camp think that the cats eat the rats, but the cats are afraid of the rats because they are so big, Zeynab

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

Women in Iran can’t drive scooters. I like the fact that here we can, Samaneh

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

Rubbish is one of the biggest problems at the camp Omid

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

I hate this queue – it's the queue for the doctor. Last time, I had to wait 14 hours, Samaneh

Daily life of asylum seekers in Samos

The sea is my favourite part of the city Rostam, 11

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