Brandon Stanton has met thousands of individuals though his work as a street photographer and storyteller. They are grandparents, immigrants, divorcees, actors. By telling “one story at a time,” his Humans of New York blog and Facebook page reach millions of people every day.
Moved by the refugee crisis in Europe, Brandon partnered with us recently to interview and photograph some of the many people arriving in Greece, Croatia, Hungary and Austria.
On the beaches of Lesvos and Kos, in Greece, he met sisters, wives, husbands, uncles – similar in many respects to the people he meets each day in New York City. But these Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans told him how they fled war back home, and what they needed to do during their flight to safety.
Here is a selection of the stories Brandon heard from refugees searching for peace, and from the volunteers and aid workers helping them.