Wolfgang Bauer is a reporter for Die Zeit. His reportage has won him many prizes including the Prix Bayeux-Calvados for War Correspondents. He has worked in the Arab world for many years, including in war zones in Syria and Libya. His second Prix Bayeux-Calvados for War Correspondents was awarded for the Syrian refugee reportage in Die Zeit that formed the basis of this book.Stanislav Krupar is a Prague-based documentary photographer. His work appears regularly in the New York Times, Time, Die Zeit, and other international media. Besides covering news and current affairs, Krupar is working on several long-term documentary projects in Russia and Siberia. Before becoming a full-time professional photographer, he also spent time as an illegal migrant worker at farms in England.Sarah Pybus worked as an in-house translator in Germany and the UK before beginning her freelance career. In 2015 she was awarded first place in the Non-Fiction Translation Competition run by Geisteswissenschaften International/German Book Office New York.
Acclaimed journalist Wolfgang Bauer and photographer Stanislav Krupar are the first to accompany Syrian refugees attempting to find a way from Egypt to Europe. They went undercover, took on new identities as English teachers from a Caucasian republic, to experience with the refugees the brutal smuggler gangs in Egypt; prison; the rickety boats on the Mediterranean and then furtive travel on Europe's roads. This book takes readers there - beyond the headlines we see the real people involved in this murky and yet life-saving exodus from Syria. Each refugee has a different story and character. We also see fishermen appalled at what they are asked to do, but then corrupted by the big money offered for their people trafficking. Bauer goes beyond the abstract numbers to portray the dramatic circumstances of this Syrian exodus. An authentic document and also a passionate appeal for a more humanitarian refugee policy.