Thousands of children disappear in Europe every year. Mind the Children – on the move in Europe supports Lost in Europe in cross-border research into disappearances of migrant children, with funding from the National Postcode Lottery. After the opening in Bussel, an exhibition about Lost in Europe’s research travels across Europe.
In 2019, National Geographic awarded Lost in Europe a grant to document, while doing their research, the routes taken by migrant children from Italy, via France, to the UK, using photography and their journalism. From the spring of 2019, Lost in Europe followed the journeys these children make. From the abandoned boats in Italy where they arrive, to cities like Palermo in Sicily, where they begin their journey across Europe, heading for the Italian/French border, and finally the UK.
Along these routes, Lost in Europe has documented the locations where children are disappearing, and created an exhibition of them in a shipping container that will travel across Europe to share these untold stories. The exhibition opened in Brussels and can now be visited in the Netherlands in front of the office of the National Postcode Lottery.
The Lost in Europe Exhibition shows a cross-border journalistic project that investigates the disappearance of child migrants in Europe. The exhibition features Ahmet Polat’s original photography, Dan Archer’s illustrations and Geesje van Haren’s research, including a glossary of commonly used terms, information on the statistical and legal aspects of each location, plus transcripts of interviews and field reporting.