Migration Media Award: First Place, Online Category, French
Author: Elisa Perrigueur
Media: Le Quatre Heures
Date of Publication: September 2015
Title: Hassan and Me
Short summary: In 2015, because of the record influx of refugees in Europe, many journalists entered the refugees’ lives to tell their stories. We got to them in a time of confusion and sometimes we took an important place in their journey. We began to fear for them, for their future. We even lived, at a much lower level, their anxieties. Their difficult daily lives disturbed us and questioned our notions of identity, borders, exile … This is what happened to me with Hassan, a young Syrian who I met in Athens, a teenager from a wealthy family, snatched from his country by the war. I wanted, through this article forLe Quatre Heures, to tell the story of our unique relationship. I followed him over several months, from Athens, with the smugglers, to the refugee hotels … until he arrived in Halmstad, Sweden, where he had to rebuild a new life. I witnessed the evolution of his feelings in Europe: from frustration to anxiety to the impression of uprooting. I observed his first steps in Europe until Sweden … I also pointed out the difficulties of the relationship between journalists and their “subject” sometimes curbed by ethical questions. The first person is meant to highlight the human side of his odyssey.