This picture shows the only part of the Neiden river that is not frozen by the cold. The river cross the village and divide it in two sides, in summer time it is famous for the salmons fishing and it’s the only distraction of the village.
This man is from Afghanistan and is one of the 96 refugees moved to Neiden at the arrival from Russia. In this picture is trying to go back to the Neiden hotel because outside is extremely cold. Refugees in Neiden are not poperly equipped for this extreme cold, this man is wearing a women’s fur.
View of the Neiden hotel. The refugees call this place “the prison”. The hotel is located right on the main road and is the only sign of life in the village. The hotel works only in the summer season, now is used as a refugees’s camp.
The daily routine at the Neiden hotel, girls and women do knit or play at their cell phones, in the case of the youngest. The boredom in the town of Neiden it is one of the main problems for the refugees that dream to do something, instead staying endless hours in the hotel.
This image shows a dog alone licking his frozen bowl. In this area of Norway as in many others, the main sport is dog racing and people here own on average between 15 and 30 dogs.
View of the outside of the Kirkenes airport. All is cover in snow and the temperature in this area can reach 30/40 degrees below zero.
Portrait of two Afghan men in front of a roulette covered in snow. In this period of the year the snow level reaches the 40/50 cm height. These people here are suffering cold because they have not appropriate clothes.
The twilight in Norway at this point of the season is at 2pm. The loneliness and emptiness sometimes play a crucial role in these parts of the world.
This picture shows one of the refugees with his son, one of the three, doing a walk in the field behind the hotel. The snow in this period can reaches the 50 centimeters height and every action becomes difficult. In this scene the father bring on his shoulder the son that otherwise wouldn’t be able to walk.
Street view of Neiden, this picture shows the emptyness and loneliss that surround the town and the people living there. here was almost 3 pm and the darkness cover the whole scenario.
A group of refugees look very disappointed and afraid of what they have just heard the morning at the television. In those days Norway was talking of the possibility to send all the refugees back to Russia.
This is the portrait of one of the inhabitants of Neiden, one of the fewest that I have seen during the whole week.
In the general boredom of the Neiden hotel, refugees keep smoking to kill the time, when they finish cigarettes they take a bus and they go to Kirkenes the closest city with shop, 30 km's away. "Smoking is the best hobby in this prison of cold".
This is a portrait of a man coming from Afghanistan. Here we are in front of the hotel, he asked me to portait him in front of the polar bear. The man is wearing slippers at -30 degrees.
From the village of Neiden, the place where 96 refugees are kept, the first place where you can go to find gasoil station and some shops is after the Finland’s border. Here a gasoil station frozen by the cold.
This picture shows three refugees walking back to the hotel through a field covered in snow.
Refugees often used to ask me to portrait them to then, send the picture to the relatives back in their country, “ they are proud of us, we reached Europe”.