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Spotlight: Greece


Azhar and her family intended to go to Germany to meet with relatives and they believe they have more opportunities but with their arriavl new regulations have been set in place leaving them stuck in Greece. She says,” “Sometimes I feel trapped,” Azhar says, “but in my books, my study, I can feel freedom. I’ve lost so much time. There is so much I want to do, but I can’t do it here. I wake up in here every morning, and I see six people in our tiny room, and I think: ‘I need to make this situation better.’ I have to fight, and every day I fight to improve”.  

As volunteers and NGOs struggle to meet the educational demands at the the refugee camp, a group asked Azhar, 18, to help teach english, mathematics and Arabic.  Not only does she treasure the education she pursued. Helping others in the camp has given her hope. She states, “The sense of being needed gave me purpose and hope. It gave me me a way to forget about our situation.”

Pictured are two little girls playing in an overflow of sewage after a heavy rainfall.  Both the little girls and Azhar live in what is known as one of the largest camps in Greece with around 3,000 people residing in it and is  highly regarded camp. More than 60,000 refugees are trapped in Greece after countries in central europe tried to stop immigrant influx.


With the closure of the Western Balkans migration route, movement within europe is becoming more challenging. Migrants are “ facing higher fences, stricter border control and regular push-backs”.


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