Hell of Libya in their Eyes

PhotographerKristof Vadino
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Libya is hell on earth. Refugees and migrants stranded in Tunisia tell their stories of violence, rape and murder in Libya. Their eyes have seen hell. Many were beaten, raped, tortured. In private prisons. The so-called Hamsa boys stop trucks with migrants, hand them over to smugglers who put the Africans in private cells. They receive the worst treatments till their relatives back home send money to get them out of there. But some die of exhaustion before the money arrives. And many keep on living with physical and mental wounds which will never dissapear. The EU gives a lot of money to the Libyan government to stop the refugees from taking boats to Italy. Italy even gives lots of money in secret to Libyan smugglers to stop the migrant route. To what human cost? There are currently one million of migrants and refugees in Libya.

About Photographer

I am a freelance photojournalist, working for Belgian and international media. Publications include De Standaard, Le Monde, BBC, Elsevier and De Tijd among others. I also work for NGO's, mostly for Doctors of the World. In 2016 I was Lensculture Emerging Photographer, Life Framer winner, received the Nikon Press Photographers Award in the categorie stories for a series about the refugee crisis in Europe. And I was nominated for the Rencontres d'Arles Festival Voies-Off and the Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Grant. In 2014-2016 I received three grants to work on longterm projects: Fund Pascal Decroos for reporting on the textile workers of Cambodia. Fund Filip Decock for documenting the eco-sustainibility of Tonle Sap Lake. And International Development Reporting Grant for documenting the role of wastepickers in recycling plastic into 3D filament. In my approach to the subject I try to be as intuïtive as possible. I live in Brussels, Belgium.