Refugees Describe Prison-Like Conditions in Some Camps

By: Jessica Duronio

(Lesvos, Greece) — Inside the gates of Moria Refugee Camp on the island of Lesvos, there are locked gates for some people’s protection. There are wire fences. There are rows of temporary housing units stacked inside with bunk beds where thousands of people are waiting. They wait for months on end for word of their future.   Moria is both a refugee camp and a processing center for the refugees who make their way across the Aegean Sea to the shores of Lesvos, and it is the first stop for many on a long journey to a new life in Europe. The residents inside describe it as “no good” “prison” and “Hell.”

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“Thanks, but no thanks” –refugees prefer life NOT in Greece

By: Jennifer Gerlando

(Athens, Greece)— 

A family of 5 has been stuck living in Kara Tepe Refugee Camp for eight months along with 795 other refugees. The Habash family consists of father Mahar; mother Mitzen, and siblings Dlara, Dhash & Ghan. The Habash family is Kurdish and they are from Aleppo, Syria.  Their story is common to the refugees across Greece who choose to move on from their temporary refugee rather than settling here.

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Women’s Center offers a sense of normalcy to refugees in political limbo (video)

Jessica Duronio, 7/15/17

(Athens, Greece)  — Tucked away in the busy streets of Athens, Melissa Day Center is a place where refugee women can go for the day to escape the monotony of life in the refugee camps. The day center, founded by Nina Christopolou, strives to provide refugee women with a sense of normalcy and community while offering language and psychosocial activities.  This video takes you on a look inside.

Greek Asylum service work slowed by austerity measures

Jessa Vivio – July 27, 2017

(Athens, Greece) – The Asylum Services of Greece already has plenty on its plate.  Since 2013 the service has found itself with over 100,000 asylum applications to process.  More than 80% of those 102,000 asylum applications have been received in just the past year and a half.  The numbers of refugees seeking Greek asylum skyrocketed when the borders to Europe were cut off.

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Tackling rising suicide rates among refugees in Greece (audio)

By: Allyson Szydlowski

(Ritsona refugee Camp, Greece)

As of July 2017, refugees throughout Greek camps have been battling mental illnesses for over a year, many facing symptoms of depression or even suicide. With the rising concern of mental health, the question of aide becomes apparent. Psychologists are now working to tackle the rising suicide rates in camps. Continue reading Tackling rising suicide rates among refugees in Greece (audio)

Female refugees prepare for a new life far from home

By: Haley Argeros 7/26/17

(Athens, Greece)–Refugee camps all over Greece are implementing programs geared towards women while they await their fates in Europe. The women, from across several Middle Eastern nations know that the language and cultural practices of their new homes will be far different from what they know.  Women’s programs for refugees across Greece are trying to address those concerns. The story of those efforts can be seen in the faces of those involved. Continue reading Female refugees prepare for a new life far from home

Searching for solutions for refugee children on their own (video)

Melissa Deatsch,  7/18/17

(Athens, Greece) —  The plight of unattended minors remains a pressing concern for those assisting refugees in Greece.

OU Refugee Reporter Melissa Deatsch brings us this look inside one of those centers helping children who are trying to navigate the journey to safety on their own. Continue reading Searching for solutions for refugee children on their own (video)

Refugee Crisis reporting on the ground in Greece