IDOMENI

Francesco Pistilli

 

 

About 12.000 refugees are living in small tents and the ruins of an old railway station in Idomeni. The Idomeni camp stretches out for hundreds of yards along the railway track that crosses the Greek border with Macedonia, and for hundreds of yards on either side. The vast majority sleeps in camping tents set directly on the muddy fields, or the coarse gravel of the railway tracks. Movies keep refugee kids entertained, despite all the sorrow and trials they are still facing. The railway connection has been blocked for a month by refugees who are protesting Macedonia’s decision not to let them through. Police have tried to clear the tracks but refugees still resist and occupy the railway while waiting for an European solution. Greece is pressing ahead with plans to start deporting migrants and refugees back to Turkey despite mounting concern from the United Nations and human rights organizations.

 

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