Exclusive video project by Peoplegrapher


Sohaila, Zahra and Zeinab train every day.
Their dream is to become professional fighters and to show the world that all people are equal.
We spent a week in and around the Malakasa refugee camp outside Athens getting to know these inspirational young Afghan women, documenting their gruelling commitment to fitness and their raging passion for equality.
starring: @sohailashojayie , @miss_ghazal242 @zeinab_a_s_ and @shojayie_bahar
production: @peoplegrapher
director: Lukas Tielke
dop: Lukas Tielke
additional camera: @nnloenn
photographer: @stevemarais
analog photographer: @drphilrom
editor: @marvin.kuehner
colorist: @kingofcurtis / @glassworksvfx
music, sound design & mix: @staubaudio @moritz.staub & @karinpallier
graphic design: @george_popovv
NGO: @yogasportwithrefugees



YOGA magazine – “The Life of a Refugee – Can Yoga Really Make A Difference?”


Trifugee (English) – “Building bridges with Sports” – Interview mit Nina von YSR (Interview with Nina from YSR)

FC St. Pauli (English) – Boxen auf Lesbos mit Refugees

France Info:Sport (Français) – Paris 2024: Depuis le camp de Lesbos, Mahmood Alizada, réfugié afghan, court après son rêve olympique.
(Paris 2024: From the camp on Lesvos, Mahmood Alizada, Afghan refugee, runs after his Olympic dream)

Info:Sport (Français) – Paris 2024: “En France, tout ce que je veux c’est continuer de courir”, rêve Mahmood Alizada, réfugié afghan (Paris 2024: “In France, all I want it’s to continue running”, dreams Mahmood Alizada, Afghan refugee)

The New Humanitarian (English) – How sports help refugees survive harsh conditions in Greece

Barriers to Bridges Magazine (English) – Removing barriers of marginalisation, building bridges to empower communities (Part 1)

Barriers to Bridges Magazine (English) – Borders and Bodybuilding: Insights into life as a refugee in Europe (Part 2)


InfoMigrants (Video) – Migrants and refugees stranded in Greece find solace in yoga and sport

Berlin Braves (English) – Introducing Suss and Estelle

InfoMigrants (English) – The NGO Yoga and Sport with Refugees helps migrants in Lesbos and Athens cope with their harsh living conditions

El Pais (Français) – Entrenar cuerpo y mente para sobrevivir a Lesbos

El Pais (Français) – El poder liberador del deporte y el yoga para los refugiados en Grecia

La Veu (Français) – L’Ajuntament aprova una subvenció extraordinària per a dos projectes humanitaris a Lesbos

Sud Ouest (Français) – Sur l’île de Lesbos, une Girondine fait bouger les migrants

De Volkskrant (Nederlands) – In de Vluchtelingensportschool op Lesbos geeft niemand op

Nederlands Dagblad (Nederlands) – Rennen, boksen, kungfu: sporten om te overleven buiten Moria 2.0

Sontag (Deutsche) – Yoga und Sport mit Flüchtlingen

Spiegel (Deutsche) – Sport machen, um nicht verrückt zu werden


SportandDev (English) – Europe: Sport and exercise for refugees in Greece

Slate (English) – The looming refugee Coronavirus disaster

Emil Mavrofidis (Video) – Yoga and Sport for Refugees | Running Team.


Vice (English) – Helping refugees battle boredom with yoga, circus tricks, and storytelling


Kimberly Ann Gerken

2021 – Master of Arts thesis, University of Oregon

Breaking Down the Walls: Fostering Opportunity and Dignity Amongst Refugee Women and Girls Through Sport

Nina Nymeyer

2020-21 – Master of Research thesis, Macquarie University

Wild Yoga: Refugee Communities Transforming Self and Surroundings Through Movement

Priya Nair

2021/22 – Master of International Development thesis, Paris School of International Affairs

Life in a Hotspot: Examining Refugees’ Resilience and Coping Processes amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic


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