– Exodus

The first days of the Russian assault on Ukraine saw an unprecedented movement of people displaced by war. Hundreds of thousands of women and children as well as countless people from the global south who lived in Ukraine to work or study crossed into Poland and its southern neighbours on a daily basis. It seemed as if Putin was using fleeing people as another weapon in his arsenal to destabilize the West. But the attack on Ukraine not only united a troubled country against a criminally imperialist aggressor but also united the Western world against what it conceived as attack on shared values.

Standing united to host families and changing laws quickly to allow for faster and better integration, Europe learned from the last refugee crisis.


Photographed for Le Monde and NZZ, published in Eurozine.