Photograph © Kate Schoenbach

Photograph © Kate Schoenbach

In Search of Home

Ovileya recalls the moment she arrived in Greece, excited for the freedom she expected to enjoy in Europe. As a trans woman, she fled her native Bangladesh due to sexual assault, harassment, and being shunned by her family. Hoping for a better life in Europe, Ovileya arrived to Moria refugee camp only to endure the same torment as before. Having been assaulted and harassed in the camp where she lived for 8 months in 2017, she was finally granted asylum and lives in the Greek town of Mytilini with her boyfriend. In the two years since arriving in Europe she has learned English and continues to push forward and carve out a life of freedom and respect for herself