The faces of migrants are eagerly captured by the lenses of photojournalists and videographers when they arrive in Europe. Their features — hopeful, joyful, anxious, angry, or bored — excite the sympathies of the Western public. Strangely enough, the “refugees” are generally not hungry-looking or ill-clad. They wear expensive shoes and clothes and carry the latest hand-held electronic devices. The young men look fit and trim as they smile for the cameras.
But there are sometimes other photographic images of these same young men, taken when they were back home in Syria or Iraq. Back then they weren’t wearing Nikes, and were carrying something other than babies and water bottles.
The following report from Czech Independent TV focuses on images of the former lives of some of these New Europeans — images that they probably wish had stayed safely buried.