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“I didn’t know I had to tell my story somewhere”

Keita is from the Ivory Coast and has been living in Athens since 2010. As a minor, he decided to leave his family and pursue his dream to play football. But things didn’t quite work out as he expected.

On the move

Refugee camps in Greece

Refugee camps in Greece

In addition to the overcrowded Reception and Identification Centres (RIC) in the five Aegean islands, there are currently 27 more hosting structures for asylum seekers in the mainland of Greece.

“In Turkey there were 40 of us in a small, covered truck”

“In Turkey there were 40 of us in a small, covered truck”

We met Raz in the afternoon of Sunday, January 21, 2020 at the We Need Books in Kipseli, Athens. He had gone to arrange Greek lessons, which he intended to start. “I am forced to. For my papers, for the language test. So as to bring my wife here,” he told me in fluent Greek.

The tandoor of Moria

The tandoor of Moria

Afghan wood-fired ovens are an example of people’s attempt to resist a regime of detention which imposes misery as normality.

Refugees with disabilities – the most overlooked among the invisible

Refugees with disabilities – the most overlooked among the invisible

Η περίπτωση του ανήλικου πρόσφυγα Μαλίκ που έχει σύνδρομο Down και σχεδόν καθόλου βοήθεια για να ζήσει σύμφωνα με τις ανάγκες του, δεν είναι η μόνη που συναντάει κανείς στους προσφυγικούς καταυλισμούς της Ελλάδας.

The “self-taught” Greek Asylum Service

The “self-taught” Greek Asylum Service

Waiting for months at a time for their applications to be considered, many asylum seekers have had negative experiences with the Greek Asylum Service. Conversely, the employees of the Asylum Service try, with every means possible, to overcome hardships which run deeper than what’s visible on the surface.

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