By: Simon Albaugh
(Scaramagkas Refugee Camp, Greece) — Mahamud Murad and his family live in a small caravan under the shadow of shipping containers and barbed wire fences. His family, and the many others like his were placed at the far end of the Scaramagkas refugee camp for the groups safety. Still this hasn’t prevented numerous knife attacks.
Continue reading Yazidi minority refugees worry about the future of their culture
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.”
Continue reading Refugees Describe Prison-Like Conditions in Some Camps
By: Jennifer Gerlando
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.
Continue reading “Thanks, but no thanks” –refugees prefer life NOT in Greece
By John Bozick
(Athens, Greece) — The Refugee crisis currently plaguing the Greek Isles and large majority of the Mediterranean Coast can only be described in one way, it’s a mess. Even as the migration flow has slowed to around 50 plus people daily, the crisis has put a considerable amount of strain on not only the country of Greece, but also the entire EU.
Continue reading Greece bracing for possible onslaught of refugees if European relocation ends
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)
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
By: Abigaile Kootsillas
(Ritsona Refugee Camp, Greece)— Eighteen year old Malak Othman sits in a Greek refugee camp these days reflecting on her life five years ago. When she was 13, she fled her home in Syria. She joined thousands of others in a dangerous journey across the Aegean Sea, all in hopes of a better life, of a new home where should live independently and safely.
Continue reading A story of resilience – holding onto hope after years of uncertainty
By: Christina Salem
(Ritsona Refugee Camp, Greece.)— Imagine fleeing your homeland because of fear of persecution for your faith, only to reach a destination of refuge and find that you still weren’t safe.
Continue reading Hidden Christians
By: Mary Siring
(Kera Tepe Refugee Camp, Lesvos, Greece.) — Individuals from all parts of the world are building bridges and creating avenues of expression within Greek refugee camps with the arts.
Refugees waiting in Greek refugee camps are given food, shelter, and toiletries- the necessities. The next step in creating more humane conditions is creating avenues for expression and ways to pass the time for residents.
Continue reading The arts as treatment for trauma
By: Morgan Brouillet
(Scaramagas Refugee Camp, Greece) — Barbers Alcocknde has been a resident at the Scaramagas Refugee Camp in Athens, Greece for more than a year. The Saudi Arabia native ended up on the run with his Afghanistani wife after the Taliban attacked her. Her wounds were so severe she almost died, needing four surgeries to survive. They fled in the dark of night, and on a journey that took them on a flimsy boat from Turkey to Greece’s borders because it meant a chance of safety for them.
Continue reading Traumatized refugees refusing mental health help