Where the Refugee Children Sleep

Sono refugiados

Swedish photographer Magnus Wennman was one of the winners of World Press Photo 2016 with “Where the Children Sleep”, a work on the poor sleep conditions of refugee children who come to the borders of Europe, mainly from Syria. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet and Stockholm photography museum Fotografiska are also involved in the project, aiming to raise money for refugees through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). According to international organizations, of the approximately 4 million refugees from Syria who are now at the gates of Europe or other countries, such as Jordan and Lebanon, more than half of them are children and teenagers.

During the months from February to September 2015, the photojournalist captured 25 children, mostly refugees from Syria, sleeping on the streets, forests, improvised shelters – Mahdi, 18 months, Lamar, five years, Ahmad, 7, Shiraz, 9 years, Mohammed, 13, Abdul Karim, 17… Magnus Wennman says that “the refugee crisis can be difficult to understand, but there is nothing hard to understand about how children need a safe place to sleep.” You can view his photos here: