January 2016, we left for Greece. I found myself in a refugee camp along with thousands of other people, living without knowing what the next day held. We faced the cold and hot weather in tents, waited for food in lines and watched the time slowly pass us by without being able to change the situation. Despite the harsh conditions, hopes and smiles filled the camps.
But seeing the way European media presented refugees as hopeless, dangerous and ignorant people, was really frustrating and it got me thinking of ways to change the image they have of us.
And so I started doing photography; taking shots of the smiles and hopes that were always present in the camps and never left, regardless of the conditions. It was the smiles that I would see on children and adult's faces that truly inspired me to start photography. I felt like that would be the best way to show the real image of the refugees.