More than 400,000 migrants crossed over the border into Slovenia between fall 2015 and spring 2016. Most were fleeing oppressive regimes in Syria and Afghanistan. This project examines the individual Slovenian volunteers who welcomed these refugees into the country, providing food, shelter, and other forms of assistance. What does it mean to be driven by empathy rather than charity, deeply invested in the fates of strangers?

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Manca Juvan is a freelance photographer with a bachelor’s degree in photography and more than a decade of experience working around the world. Manca’s long-term project “Unordinary Lives” documents the consequences of the Afghanistan war through the stories of ordinary Afghans and was published as a book in 2010 with an English edition following in 2012.

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