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maja hitij (de)

NOOR - Nikogarsnja zemlja (No man's land)

Maja Hitij is a freelance photojournalist born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, currently based in Berlin, Germany, mainly working for German news agency DPA.


Started career freelancing in Israel/Palestine in 2008 for Slovenian newspaper Delo and Associated Press. Than did internships at Associated press (AP) in Berlin, Germany and in Jerusalem. And later intern with german news agency dapd and DPA.


She’s mainly interested in social stories around Europe and in the Middle East. On daily basis she is covering covering news, sport and events. She has worked in Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, etc and covered Olympics in London and UEFA European Football Championship in Poland in 2012.


Had work published in International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, Independent and other international newspapers and magazines as well in most German publications.




After Hungary closed main transit route by building a fence and closing its last frontier with Croatia, thousands of refugees were forced to cross the small ex-yugoslavian alpine state of Slovenia on their way to western Europe. Mostly Germany and Sweden, seeking their asylum. 


Refugees, most of them fleeing from conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan found themselves in small country with 2 million people. With winter knocking on the door and Slovenia not prepared for such huge numbers – many refugees were walking a long way from Croatia, crossing small town Rigonce. After being registered in Brezice, they were taken to Austrian frontier at Spielfeld. 

But Austria also not ready to process such numbers – many were caught between borders for a long time. Especially week old people and families with children, not being able to push trough faster. 


Number of refugees and migrants really pumped up in October, 2015 as many were afraid Germany and Sweden welcoming policy might end soon, while Germany is expecting between 1 – 1,5 million new arrivals by the end of 2015.


Lost between borders, after a dangerous journey through Mediterranean Sea, endless waiting and not knowing what future will bring, became the lead line of refugee crisis that will change Europe and continent in the future. 

Refugees in Slovenian - Croatian border
Refugees in Slovenian - Austrian Border
Refugees in Slovenian - Austrian Border
Refugees in Slovenian - Austrian Border
Refugees in Slovenian - Austrian Border
Refugees in Slovenian - Austrian Border