One year ago Idomeni – one of the largest refugee camps in Europe since WWII – was evicted by Greek police forces. A few days before the eviction, I recorded a live video-walk through the entire camp to document the living situation of more than 10.000 refugees at this point.


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Moria Camp Lesvos

Impressions from Moria refugee camp.

The refugee camp Moria on the Greek island Lesvos is an eerie place. High double wired fences. Everything is fenced off. The colour scheme is metallic. Everything inside is grey. But not just any sort of grey, it’s a sad grey. An exasperated, fading grey that only accentuates the hopelessness of those stuck there. It gives it substance. For most is the end of the road. For most, Lesvos is all they will ever know of Europe.

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Aid for Lesvos

Aid for Lesvos

The situation of the approximately 50.000 refugees that find themselves in Greece has been worsening dramatically during the winter months. The promises of big organizations, the Greek government and the EU to winterize camps and move people from tents to isobox containers and hotels has been too slow – and in most instances has only occurred at the point where conditions started to become very severe or even life-threatening.

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Fotovortrag Idomeni

With refugees.

A live documentary on the refugee crisis in Europe

David Lohmueller has spent several months as a volunteer in the refugee camp Idomeni, on the Balkan route and in different military camps all over Greece. The freelance photographer has witnessed the lives and the daily challenges of the refugees stranded on closed borders, and captured his impressions along the way.
In his live photo presentation he gives an insight into the difficulties of everyday life in one of the largest refugee camps in Europe since WWII, the fears and worries of the refugees, but also the tremendous hope and joy of life that the migrants are opposing their hardships.

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Clothes on Wheels

Clothes on wheels for refugees in Greece.

Clothes on wheels. More than 60.000 refugees are currently stuck under terrible living conditions in military camps all over Greece. Winter is coming and people will be freezing if they don’t get proper winter clothes in time. That’s why we built a mobile truck “shop”.

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Refugee Camps in Greece

Prisoners of Europe.

Where are the refugees from Idomeni? What happened after the eviction of one of the largest refugee camps in Europe since WWII. What is the current situation in Greece?

Unfortunately the fate of 60.000 refugees that are currently stuck in military camps in Greece has completely vanished from media and public interest. In the past few months, I have spent a lot of time volunteering on the ground. I have witnessed the horrible conditions in the official and government-run camps all over the country where people were transferred to after the eviction of Idomeni and all the other informal camps. Here is the full story:

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The end of Idomeni

The end of Idomeni

Idomeni is history. One of the largest refugee camps in Europe since World War II has been evicted last week. I am still completely overwhelmed and speechless. There are no words that can describe the things we have seen and the emotions we all have experienced here during these last days of Idomeni. I will let my pictures speak instead.

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Clowns in Idomeni

Clowns in Idomeni

Different groups of clowns, acrobats and jugglers have recently come to Idomeni to bring smiles and joy to the faces of those in the midst of extreme circumstances. In our Idomeni school we have built a small stage where everyone can gather and enjoy the show. The refugee children, adults and volunteers, we all love the clowns of Idomeni. It is a real blessing to see everyone smile and laugh so heartedly. For a brief moment – while it’s not – the world seems to be at peace. Share some smiles and have a look:

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Idomeni Dancing

Idomeni Dancing

After rain comes sun. We were dancing with the #refugee kids in #Idomeni. Look at their smiles:
Idomeni Dancing. It’s the simple things :-)

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Rainstorm in Idomeni

Rain storms and strong winds at Idomeni refugeecamp

Stormy days. Refugees have faced terrible weather conditions at the Idomeni refugeecamp this week. Heavy rain storms and strong winds have destroyed many tents and peoples belongings. We were busy day and night to provide shelter for many families who had lost their homes.

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Lighten Up Idomeni

Lighten Up Idomeni

I need your help:
 There is no light in Idomeni refugee camp. It’s hard to see anything during nighttime and refugees must sit and walk in the dark. To improve their living situation, I want to supply the people in the camp with flashlights.

If you want to support my „Lighten up Idomeni“ project, please write me a short e-mail (mail@davidlohmueller.com) and tell me what you are willing to donate. With all the money collected, I will buy cheap flashlights and solar lamps and will distribute them to the refugees in Idomeni. Please share this post.

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Idomeni School

First day of school in “Idomeni Cultural Center”

We opened a school in #Idomeni. It was unbelievable. This is a huge milestone for all of us free volunteers. Many of the #refugee children and adults have never been to a school before due to war. Finally we have a bright and happy place for them to go to and learn to read and write in different languages.

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Military in Idomeni

Military in Idomeni

Jet fighters and combat helicopters flew over the Idomeni refugeecamp today. People were absolutely terrified. Little kids started to cry. Worried mothers immediately showed up to protect their children. Adults had mental breakdowns. The jet fighter’s noise was terrible, they flew very low and maneuvered right over the camp. Soldiers were walking through surrounding fields. It felt like war.

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Teargas hits refugee tents in Idomeni

Mit Tränengas auf Flüchtlingszelte

Gestern war ein schlimmer Tag in Idomeni. Wenn Menschen vollkommen aussichtslos gegen einen Grenzzaun anrennen, sind sie vor allem eines – maßlos verzweifelt. Ich erfahre das jeden Tag in vielen Gesprächen mit den Geflüchteten, die seit Februar hier in ‪#‎Idomeni‬ festsitzen, abgeschnitten von der Außenwelt, im Stich gelassen von Europa.

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Birthday party in Idomeni

Birthday party in Idomeni

So, heute möchte ich euch jemand vorstellen: Purjeen aus dem Irak, ist meine fleißigste Helferin jeden Morgen beim Bananen Verteilen. Gestern hatte sie Geburtstag. Wir haben für sie eine kleine Party organisiert. Seht mal wie sehr sie sich gefreut hat:

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 Lighten up ‎Idomeni

Lighten up ‎Idomeni

I need your help:
There is no light in Idomeni refugee camp. It’s hard to see anything during nighttime and refugees must sit and walk in the dark. To improve their living situation, I want to supply the people in the camp with flashlights.

If you want to support my „Lighten up Idomeni“ project, please write me a short e-mail (mail@davidlohmueller.com) and tell me what you are willing to donate. With all the money collected, I will buy cheap flashlights and batteries and will distribute them on monday 4/4/2016. Please share this post.

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Live Reportage

Live Reportage

Wow, das war ein aufregendes Jahr! Einmal quer durch Deutschland ging die Reise mit meiner Live-Reportage “Roadtrip Panamericana” und ich bin unglaublich dankbar dafür, dass ich in dieser Saison insgesamt mehr als 6000 Menschen mitnehmen durfte auf mein großes Abenteuer durch den gesamten amerikanischen Doppelkontinent.

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Angela Merkel in Freiburg

Angela Merkel in Freiburg

Angela Merkel war diese Woche als Festrednerin zum 125. Geburtstag von Ökonom Walter Eucken im Freiburger Konzerthaus. Ich hatte die einmalige Gelegenheit und durfte als offizieller Fotograf des Walter Eucken Instituts die Veranstaltung von Anfang bis Ende fotografisch begleiten. Hier seht ihr eine kleine Auswahl der Fotos von dem Abend:

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Schwarzwald Kalender

Black Forest Calendar

Bring color to your wall! For the last couple of months I have not only been taking my camera around the world but I have also spent a lot of time exploring my beautiful home country in Freiburg and the Black Forest. Now I am very happy to present my new 2016 photo calendars, that I have published recently. Enjoy! :)

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Ballonfahren im Schwarzwald

Ballooning the Black Forest.

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. (Leonardo da Vinci)
Last week we went ballooning over the Black Forest. What a wonderful experience. Check out the best photos and a magical video of this great day trip with our Black Forest Young Explorers:

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Schwarzwald Mountainbike

Black Forest Mountainbike paradise.

Mountain Bike paradise! I’m having so much fun these days with my Mountain Bike Dreamteam, exploring and riding all over the Black Forest together. Have a look and enjoy the great views of one of our last “Magic Monday” rides from Freiburg to the peak of Kandel mountain:

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Hitzefrei

Water splash!

The heat is on! On the final day of our Young Explorers Camp it is getting really hot in the Black Forest. Needless to say, we need to find a way to cool down a bit. Here you can see the best photos and a really awesome video of our answer to the baking summer sun in Germany. Have fun!

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Young Explorers

Young Explorers Camp

Adventure Black Forest: I am currently working on a project in the recently founded Black Forest national park. The idea of the project which I have developed together with the film maker and my good friend Simon Straetker is to portray all four seasons in the national park with film and photography and to capture the beauty of this wonderful place in every possible way. Through our work we want to raise awareness for the necessity to protect this unique piece of nature and preserve our home environment. One of the main goals of this project is to reach out an encourage young poeple to experience the national park themselves and inspire them to take action. With this in mind and to kick things off we invited 16 teenagers to spend one week with us right in the middle of the Black Forest national park. Here you see the photo documentary of our “Young Explorers Camp”.

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Afghan Surf Championship

Behind the scenes at the first-ever Afghan Surf Championship.

A look behind the scenes at the first-ever Afghan surf championships is what you see in the second part of my photo-documentary of a wonderful time in Portugal. For WRAA, one of the main goals besides creating a platform for Afghan wave riders to share their joy in the sport of surfing was to present the beauty of Afghanistan and its people to the public by offering a wide range of workshops in Afghan traditions. It was truly an inspiring experience to participate in this unique effort of cultural exchange. Thanks to all the amazing people that have made this whole event such a warm-hearted and cheerful celebration! I am already looking forward to our next encounter. Afghan surfing rules! :-)

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