003 | Vivien

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We spotted Vivien one sunny morning while walking down Leoforos Alexandra’s, just outside the courts.

His style instantly caught our attention.

We introduced ourselves and asked if we could take his photo.

“Hi, my name is Vivien, my swag is hip hop,” he replied.

Vivien, a migrant from the Congo, has been in Greece for just over a year. In that short
time he has learned some basic Greek and made what he calls lifelong friends.

“I like Greece. But I am not here to stay,” he tells us.

Vivien says he is waiting for his papers to be processed so that he can move to France, where he has more friends and a better chance at finding a job.

He says like most migrants from Africa, his journey to Greece was long and difficult as he crossed through Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey before arriving in Greece.

“What do we want? What everyone wants, safety and the chance to work and look after their family.”

Vivien believes no one in their right mind would risk it all, including never seeing their loved ones again and even life itself, to make such a journey unless they felt it was absolutely necessary to do so.

“What do we want? What everyone wants, safety and the chance to work and look after their family.”

He then asked for a cigarette, posed for just one photo and quickly disappeared into the bustling crowds of the Athenian avenue.

 
 

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