Mohammed and Ali are teenagers from Damascus. In 2016, they sought asylum in Athens, Greece, to escape almost certain torture, maiming, or death. The Greek Asylum Service describes them as ‘unaccompanied minors’ because they came to Europe without their parents. These images are from their first summer in Greece, while they waited for their asylum claims to be processed.
Mohammed swims in the Port of Piraeus in Athens, Greece. That summer, he lived in the Port in a camping tent with thousands of other Syrian and Afghan refugees.
A makeshift refugee camp at the Port of Piraeus in Athens on June 29, 2016.
Mohammed poses for a portrait on roof of Rakadiko, a restaurant where independent volunteers and refugees would cook for the thousands of people living in the makeshift camp in the Port of Piraeus. Mohammed arrived to help cook almost every day.
Ali on a day trip to Sounion, Greece to see the Temple of Poseidon.
A Syrian passport and cigarette butts in a room where young Syrian refugees lived in a squat in Athens.
Ali, Mohammed's best friend from home, sleeps in his new shared room in a squat in Athens. Mohammed and Ali moved to the squat with their Syrian friends after the makeshift camp in the Port of Piraeus closed in July 2016.
The Aegean sea near Athens, Greece, where thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan arrived in the summer of 2016.
Mohammed on the ferry from Athens to Aegina, a small Greek island. He started smoking in Syria a couple years ago.
The view from Strefi hill in Athens, Greece where many Syrian teenagers like Mohammed and Ali convene at night to relax and meet their friends.