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Over the last years, the number of refugees trying to reach Europe has steadily increased. As war rages on in Syria, insecurity persists in Afghanistan, and a dictatorship keeps forcing people into indefinite, abusive military service in Eritrea, the numbers won’t go down. The European Union’s response to this has been to tighten its land borders, forcing refugees over the dangerous Mediterranean route. This policy has taken a heavy toll in recent days. Since 2012, I have documented the refugee crisis along the European Union’s external borders. Here is a selection of this work …
Hundreds, sometimes thousands of migrants wait in Morocco at the border to the Spanish exclave Melilla for their chance to make it over to the other side. They have to scale a seven meter high fence that divides the two countries, but for them it is also a big step on the way from poverty in Africa to prosperity in Europe.
My story on the economy of the camp appeared in BrandEins (German).
Jawaher wollte mit dem Boot nach Europa. Wie Hunderttausende Flüchtlinge strandete sie in Libyen. Ausgeliefert der Willkür und Gewalt in einem untergehenden Staat.
Erschienen als Multimedia-Reportage im Zeit Magazin.
In provisorischen Gefängnissen fällen die syrischen Rebellen Urteile über die Anhänger Assads. Es gilt das Recht des stärksten Mannes. Erschienen in der FAZ. Axel-Springer-Preis 2013.
Januar 2012, Präsident Assad geht brutal gegen den Aufstand vor. Trotzdem hat weiterhin Rückhalt im Volk. Manche haben mehr Angst vor der Revolution als vor ihm. Erschienen in der FTD.
Daniel Etter is a freelance photographer, feature writer and videographer currently based in Berlin, Germany. He is a graduate of the German School of Journalism, holds a master’s degree in political science, a university diploma in journalism and is a recipient of the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.
His photography has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern and in publications of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch. Recent publications can be seen here. His photo from the Gezi Park Protests in Istanbul was chosen as one of the best photos of 2013 by TIME Magazine and The New York Times. He was awarded with the Award of Excellence of the Alexia Foundation, has been nominated for the UNICEF Picture of the Year Award and won an Award of Excellence at Pictures of the Year International.
His writing has appeared in several major German publications such as Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Financial Times Germany, zeit.de, Neon and various others. For his stories he has received the Axel Springer Award and the Hans Buchrucker Award.