Shanshan Chen is a London-based filmmaker and multimedia journalist who covers the world's most under-reported stories including women's rights, LGBT rights, war and conflict, climate change and migration. She has travelled to more than 30 countries and regions for her films and photography.
From Aleppo to Melilla: Raed's story (2015)
Filmed & edited for Thomson Reuters Foundation
Also available on Link TV
Meet Raed. Raed had been a mathematics student in Aleppo, until the conflict made studying at the university impossible. He fled to Turkey, with hopes of continuing on to Europe and completing his education. We met Raed in the Spanish enclave Melilla, on the northern coast of Africa, where he is waiting in an overcrowded transit camp. After two years of living in Turkey he can now see Europe, just across the Mediterranean sea. He is waiting for his paperwork, then he will be put on a ferry and sent to Spain to start his new life.
Ten million people have been forced to flee their homes since the conflict in Syria began. Fewer than 150,000 Syrians have been granted asylum in Europe.
Filmmaker: Shanshan Chen