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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
15 Sep 2018

Over 60,000 migrants are stuck in Greece. Fleeing war, recovering from torture, and seeking refuge – pregnant women, children and parents wait (and wait) for their asylum applications to be processed. But patience is growing thin. Many migrants were doctors, lawyers and engineers in their country. However, they are not allowed to move out of the camp until their asylum claim has been accepted, which can take years.

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
14 Jun 2018

Many families sleeping on the floor of a destitute school on the border with Albania are Kurds. Inhabiting a mountainous region straddling the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia, Kurds are the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East, but they have never been granted independence. Famed for their tough resilience, Kurdish militia groups continue to fight ISIS with the hope of recognition, and their own nation state. Instead, many are now displaced in Europe. This Kurdish boy is from Iraq, and restlessly waits for news of his mother and sister. They also fled Iraq, but went missing in the Turkish Maritsa river, and he doesn’t know if they made the journey….

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
14 Jun 2018

Whilst many have escaped war, and found safety, too many families face a new kind of danger: anxiety, confusion, depression and devastation. Last year, a migrant from this camp in Greece waiting for his asylum to be processed, killed himself. The Guardian also reported that at least three teenage refugees who arrived in Britain from camps have killed themselves in the past six months.

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
13 Jun 2018

Musham was selling potatoes, when a Russian airstrike bombed the market where he worked. 57 people died, and 75 were wounded, including many of his friends in what he calls a “massacre.” He lost his leg. “My wife ran out of the house barefoot with our two babies to find me,” he recalls.

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
13 Jun 2018

Rania’s husband was tortured in Syria. Accused of being a rebel, Assad’s government hung him for three hour each day, for six months in a 1 x1 metre cell with two other people. His shoulders have cracked, and he can’t carry his own child. “We had to sleep standing up, because there was no space. When you enter interrogation, you are totally naked, they told me I was part of a terrorist group. I didn’t do anything! People are dying and screaming in front of you. They hit you with electricity cables. The most difficult part is the hanging. You are blindfolded and lose consciousness.” Rania’s husband has found safety in Greece, but remains traumatized. “I just want to move on with my life, and help my wife and son – but we are stranded here with nothing.”

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
13 Jun 2018

Greece houses migrants in abandoned fields, rural towns and even a disused music school – many migrants believe it is because the government wants to silence and hide them. In one container, 21 people share one tiny room. The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates nearly one in 100 people worldwide have been pushed out of their countries due to war or political instability. Many countries are unprepared for hosting and integrating refugees into society.

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
13 Jun 2018

His son plays with his prosthetic leg. The prosthetic is painful to wear: “It hurts my leg. I can’t walk properly, because the plastic is breaking. It is scarring the remaining part of my leg.” When it rains, his plastic leg fills with water.

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
13 Jun 2018

Musham’s son is four years old, and hasn’t spoken for over six months. He refuses to talk, or eat. His father mimics a plane exploding: “He is scared, of the bombs.” They fled Aleppo, a key battleground of the civil war. Many neighbourhoods have been completed destroyed. Most of the city lies in rubble.

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
13 Jun 2018

Rania herself was shot in the knee as the fighting intensified. She shows a picture when she was at hospital. “I was pregnant, but I lost the baby because of the bombing and the shock.” Rania was a professional photographer in Syria, taking photos of weddings and parties before the war began. Now there are no parties. Her family have been living in tents and containers for almost four years. “I don’t even have money to get my knee properly treated so I can walk normally.”

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
12 Jun 2018

Thousands of migrant children are not in school - an entire generation, listless and lost. Mona’s family fled ISIS in Iraq. She has never been to school. “I was given a school bag, but we have no teachers,” she says quietly. There is no policy or focus allowing for children to continue their education and Greek schools are underfunded, and can’t accommodate language barriers and children who have psychological difficulties due to war.

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
11 Jun 2018

Over 60,000 migrants are stuck in Greece. Fleeing war, recovering from torture, and seeking refuge – pregnant women, children and parents wait (and wait) for their asylum applications to be processed. But patience is growing thin. Many migrants were doctors, lawyers and engineers in their country. However, they are not allowed to move out of the camp until their asylum claim has been accepted, which can take years.

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Stuck: Life inside Greece’s refugee c...
Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
11 Jun 2018

Whilst Europe obsesses over economic migrants and politics, thousands of children and families seeking genuine refugee are left abandoned on our shores. Leaving bloodshed, arriving to abandonment.

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Katsikas
By Celeste Hibbert
11 Jun 2018

Many large NGOs have left Greece, leaving volunteer-run organisations like Refugee Support to supply essentials. Yet funds are dwindling, and as more migrants arrive – like Kazia from Iraq pictured - without housing or food. “We do what we can", says Refugee Support Founder Paul Hutchings. “But Europe is failing in its moral obligation to give people the opportunity to rebuild their futures. That's not going to happen while they are stuck in refugee camps.”

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
20 Apr 2016

Bilal,13, from Syria, is a self-described geek. He wants to study and learn English and German, but he needs new books and wants to reach Germany as soon as possible to go to school and learn more about the world. He sits on an abandoned car while translating verbs from Arabic to English.

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In Limbo in Idomeni Refugee Camp
Idomeni, Greece
By Francesco Pistilli
19 Apr 2016

This collection of photos documents daily life in the Idomeni camp where refugees live in limbo on the border between Greece and Macedonia. Some refugees who were photographed are identified by an initial because they did not want their names used.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
19 Apr 2016

R., 32, from Syria kisses her nephew. They live in an abandoned train at Idomeni railway station in Greece, at the border with Macedonia. Some 12,000 refugees live in small tents and the ruins of an old railway station in Idomeni.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
19 Apr 2016

A night shot of the border fence between Greece and Macedonia at the Idomeni camp.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
18 Apr 2016

One of the buildings of Idomeni train station, in Greece, where some refugees have set up temporary homes while waiting to continue their travel to other European countries.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
18 Apr 2016

Thousands of refugees in Idomeni set their tents on railway tracks on the border with Macedonia where they have been for more than two months.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
18 Apr 2016

Raha, 41, from Syria, is in Idomeni with two sisters. She waits to reach her two sons, aged 15 and 20, who arrived in Germany months ago. Raha is still stuck here after two months.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
18 Apr 2016

A Kurdish girl spends an evening playing with a recycled table football game at Idomeni refugee camp, a makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border where thousands of refugees are stranded.

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Greek Teachers Protest
Athens, Greece
By Epoca Libera
18 Apr 2016

A group of Greek teachers tried to break the police cordon at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier and enter the courtyard of the Parliament as they were protesting on Tuesday evening, April 19th. Eventually some of them, managed to climb the stairs and raise banners with slogans against layoffs. There was some tension with the police forces dressed in riot gear, who subsequently repelled the protesters.
Teachers held a rally in central Athens to protest against cuts to the education budget. In front of the Parliament at Syntagma Square, a group of them hold placards with slogans that read "No to layoffs - Jobs for everyone". The protests are in particular about the failure to hire teachers on permanent contracts. Teachers say that while there are gaps and shortages in teaching staff, the Greek government brings layoffs, budget cuts, and the closure of many kindergartens.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
18 Apr 2016

Yazidis families cook food on an outdoor fire at the Idomeni refugee camp in Greece..

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
17 Apr 2016

Refugees sell food and other items at the side of the entrance road to the camp in Idomeni, Greece.

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Yazidis in Idomeni
Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

Yazidis are a religious group of about half a million people native to the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh. They share the same language and much of the culture of the Kurds of Turkey and Syria. As adherents of pre-Islamic Gnostic teachings they have been subjected to years of strong repression. In the last two years they have been one of the main targets of ethnic cleansing by ISIS militiamen, along with Christians and Shiites. In early August 2014 thousands of Yazidis fled towards the mountains of Sinjar as ISIS launched an offensive in northern Iraq. ISIS forces massacred over 5000 Yazidi men and kidnapped thousands of women who were sold into slavery in Mosul and Raqqa, Syria. Those who survived the attacks were trapped on the mountains of Sinjar without food, water or medical care, facing starvation, dehydration and the risk of further attacks by ISIS for several weeks. Fortunately PKK and YPG Kurdish forces opened a corridor from the mountains to Rojava ( Northern Syria, led by kurdish forces ) allowing them to flee to safety. Thousands of Yazidis took refuge in Rojava or in Kurdish areas in Turkey. Like the many refugees fleeing war zones, thousands of Yazidis try to escape to safer zones in Europe, where their tragedy continues. Stopped at the gates of Europe, they end up in refugee camps like the notorious Idomeni, between Greece and Macedonia. Here in makeshift tents on the Skopje railway line they are surrounded by waste, toxic fumes and mud. There are still over 1200 Yazidis who have been stuck for over a month waiting for the reopening of the border, closed at the beginning of March by Macedonian authorities with the silent approval of Europe; the same Europe that at the time of Yazidi's flight to the Sinjar mountains was crying for them, and which now closes its eyes to them.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

Looking out from inside a tent of a refugee on the Yazidi majority side of the Idomeni camp.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

A Yazidi woman washes dishes outdoors. Behind her a large tent where more than 10 people live.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

A Yazidi man with his grandson in front of the tent where they have been living for more than one months.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

An elder Yazidi woman in the refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

A Yazidi girl and her younger brother near the tent where they live in Idomeni, Greece.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

A Greek police helicopter flies over the refugee camp on a spring afternoon in Idomeni, Greece.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

Yazidi refugees try to fix an outdoor lamp in a dark area of the camp in Idomeni, Greece.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

Yazidi families gather around the glowing embers of a campfire for warmth on a cold night in Idomeni, Greece.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

Salim, a young Yazidi refugee who has been living alone in the Idomeni camp, in Greece, for more than a month.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

A night view of a part of the refugee camp near the Idomeni train station in Greece.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

A Yazidi man shaves in the early morning between hanging lines of clothing in a refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

Refugees in the camp in Idomeni, Greece, hang clothes to dry on the fence built by Macedonia's authorities along all the border with Greece in order to stop the flow of refugees into the country.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

Yazidis fill bottles with drinking water on a very hot day at the refugee camp at Idomeni, Greece.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

Yazidi refugees gather in a tent for a meal at the Idomeni camp in Greece.

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Idomeni
By Giacomo Sini
16 Apr 2016

A long line of refugees waiting for the daily delivery of supplies by NGOs that are active in the refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece.