The faces behind the numbers: César Dezfuli’s “Passengers”

On September 30, 2023, shortly after 12 noon at 260 Pireos Street, Athens, photojournalist César Dezfuli takes the stage as part of the iMEdD International Journalism Forum. As one of the 2023 winners of the World Press Photo award, he is set to participate in the panel titled “Winners’ showcase projection by World Press Photo,” where he will present a segment of his work and engage with the audience by addressing their questions.

Seven years ago, on August 1, 2016, Dezfuli found himself aboard the rescue vessel Iuventa. Having been part of the crew for approximately three weeks, he dedicated his time to capturing the rescues of refugees and migrants in the Central Mediterranean. Little did he know that the events of that particular day’s rescue would leave an indelible mark on his career, resonating with him for years to come.

According to UNHCR figures, more than 370.000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by land and sea in 2016. Specifically, in August 2016 alone, more than 25.000 arrived on the continent by sea in search of a better tomorrow.

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