Anwar, 32, from Darfur, Sudan

Though Anwar is one of the only African refugees at his refugee camp, it’s rare to see him without a smile on his face, chatting with other residents. “It’s important to learn how to live with other people, how to be peaceful,” he says.

Peace isn’t something that Anwar has experienced much of in his life: When civil war broke out in the Darfur region of Sudan, he, his wife and their five children were displaced to a refugee camp in another part of the country, where his wife died of malaria. In February, Anwar left his children with relatives and traveled to Greece with the goal of applying for asylum for the family in England.

“Our government is burning everything,” he says. “I want my children to learn the right path, to be able to live with others and to have hope.”

Photo & Story: Allison Voigts

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