Ali Nouraldin, Palestine

Greece: The hour of enchantment


Night has fallen in Idomeni. A night between further days spent in a state of waiting in uncertainty.

More than 12,000 refugees, mostly from Syria and mostly children and adolescents, are stranded here near the Greek-Macedonian border. Stopped on their way to Germany, the promised land. Volunteers have improvised an open-air cinema to entertain the children with movies. To allow them to escape from the camp’s drab reality and to let their thoughts fly free.

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Photographer Ali Nouraldin, born in 1985 in Gaza, currently residing in Cologne and working for various international media, captured this moment of enchantment during a lengthy stay in Idomeni. What he found most touching were the anxious but also hopeful questions the refugees asked him.

A little refugee child, for example, once took him by the hand and listened intently to his description of schools in Germany. Or people lining up for hours to get a map which they could study to find a way north. Full of streets they weren’t allowed to pass. Nouraldin took pictures of children in tents, waiting in line, behind fences and amid puddles in a mud-soaked camp – and this one magical moment: the fascination of being able to forget reality – at least until the closing credits – reflected in their faces.

Curriculum Vitae: Ali Nouraldin (laif)

UNICEF Foto des Jahres: Ali Nouraldin
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Date of Birth: 10 August 1985
Place of Birth: Gaza Strip Nationality
Currently living in Cologne, Germany

Profile Internationally: covering news events in conflict areas in Gaza Strip, Libya, Egypt , Yemen , Iraq, Syria , Tunisia and elsewhere.

Education 2007: Journalism at the "Al-Azhar University" in Gaza (Bachelor)

Work experience: 

2003- 2014: Photographer, European Pressphoto Agency „epa“
2010: MENA World Press Photo Work Experience

Grants/Nominations
2011: Winner / Emirats Arab Award
2013: Winner / Frontline Club Awards
2013: Wire Photographer Spotlight / TIME Magazine
2013: Discovering the Next Generation of Photojournalists at World Press Photo’s Masterclass
2013: Joop Swart Masterclass
2014: Winner / DAYS JAPAN Award
PDN's 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

Publishers: New York Times, The Guardian, Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, News Week, Washington Post

Languages: Arabic (mother tongue)/ English (fluently)/ Hebrew (fluently)/ German (A1)

References:
Jens- Uwe Thomas: Reporter ohne Grenzen e.V.
Peter Bitzer: Geschäftsführer bei laif Agentur für Photos & Reportagen GmbH