He fled hardship and unrest in Congo Republic with nothing but his ball and a change of clothes. Now, not yet 18, Christ Wamba is training with a professional basketball club in Europe.
Left: Wamba takes a selfie as he rests inside a tent at the Moria camp on the island of Lesbos. Right: Wamba takes a selfie as he lines up for a food distribution at the Moria camp on the island of Lesbos.
"We didn't have food to eat but I don't care. When I didn't have food I prefer to (pass) my time in the court," he said.
He fled in 2015 when protests and violence broke out in the capital Brazzaville over a contested referendum by long-serving President Denis Sassou Nguesso to lift limits to his term.
He was jailed for days and feared for his safety, he said. Dozens of activists remain in prison, Amnesty International said in March.
Wamba travelled to Turkey, where he spent months scrabbling together the money to pay a smuggler for the treacherous dinghy journey to Greece.
"It was night. We didn't know the way. We spent four hours in the sea ... The water was so cold in March. You can't move. If you move people (say) 'hey, you want people to die?'"
Eventually, they were rescued by the Greek coast guard.
Wearing a puffer jacket, a track suit and a beanie hat, Wamba was taken to Greece's biggest migrant camp, Moria, according to Reuters journalists who saw him arrive.