Enayat Asadi was born in 1981 in Bandar Abbas, Iran. His major is electrical engineering, but his real passion is photography. The power of photography is in the ability to share one's experience via imagery. Asadi's primary focus lays in different complex social issues such as human rights violation, discrimination, cheating, and poverty. He operates in the Middle East and documents local people and their experiences. His publications include working with UPI news agency in 2009, Getty agency published his documentary work about Afganistan. Enayat Asadi won the 2nd Istanbul Photo Award and had several solo and group exhibitions in Tehran.
Rising From the Ashes of War
Afganistan takes second place after Syria for the number of refugees – more than 1.3 million people had requested defection from Syria, Iraq, and Afganistan in 2015. Approximately 90,000 of them are children, and half of them immigrated alone. Enayat Asadi worked for two years in Iran documenting lives of refuges and dangers that they face: kidnapping, rape, plunder and death. There is a high probability of being arrested by border control. If captured, one may be sent back to Afganistan or the Syrian war. Some are trying to get to Greece or Turkey. Refuges are trying to survive and to obtain hope for the new peaceful life.
Illegal refugees are waiting for the ride in the eastern border of Iran. One of the immigrants is comforting his companion.
The smugglers are waiting for arrival Afghan and Pakistani refugees. Every few days smugglers change time and movement path.
More than 5000 Afghan and Pakistani refugees are trying to pass the eastern Iranian border to reach somewhere far from their homeland. Most of them will stay in Iran or will go to Turkey and Greece. Refugees are rushing to the car, which can only transport 35 people at a time.
Refugees are waiting for orders from smugglers to enter cars. Only 35 people will fit in the luggage section of each car.
Refugees spend around 30 hours in a fuel tank of a bus on the way to Tehran. Each fuel tank can fit seven people with a high risk of asphyxiation. They must get out before reaching each checkpoint and reenter after passing it.
Refugees are waiting for orders from smugglers to enter cars in the eastern border of Iran. Some of them have fallen asleep.
After 12 hours of walking, 300 Afghan refugees arrived in Iran. Iranian police are trying to fight illegal immigration and smuggling. However, sometimes, they help refugees.
Afghan refugees are begging the police not to arrest them. They will face countless obstacles. Hight probability of being abducted, robbed or enslaved are just some of the dangers they may encounter.
Adnan, 12-year-old from Harat, had a tough life in Afghanistan and wanted to leave and start fresh in another place.
One of the hostels on the road.
Refugees are being kept in a camp in unacceptable conditions: lack of hygiene, not enough food and drinking water.
Mohammad Asef (17) from Mazar Sharif is one of the refugees arrested by Iranian border police.
Mohammad (20) from Ghondus who was kept and kidnapped for the unpaid $15000 debt.
A desert tomb. There are no accurate statistics on dead among the refuges. Although, according to rumours, some of the bodies are being transferred back to Afghanistan.
Smugglers are checking the path and getting ready to go down the mountains.