A life in the Taleban’s shadow

Almost two years ago, I first saw Greek rescue boats bringing in people to the harbour of Molyvos, Lesbos. One of the 40 on board that day was 19-year old Naser Moradi. He along with 12 other young Afghan boys and men stood soaking wet in the sun on the jetty. They were cold, but…

Greece: What happened to the fundamental values of the EU?

The European Union’s fundamental values are respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. These values unite all the member states – no country that does not recognise these values can belong to the Union[1].

Greece: Desperation docks at the Port of Piraeus

The small colourful festival tents are placed side by side in old derelict warehouses, on the quay and in- as well as outside terminal buildings. In the squalor adults sleep, sit or stand around – waiting – whilst children try to pass time with play or resign to stare into empty space. With 6000+ desperate…

Greece: Confusion forces refugees and migrants off the Greek islands

As always when the ferry to Athens is about to dock at Samos Harbour, hundreds of refugees and migrants wait on the quay with their registrations papers in hand. Normally, they are excited to be leaving the island and start their trek to Northern Europe, but this week some seems rather more hesitant. One of…

Greece: Humanitarian agencies say no to inhuman deal

The UNHCR and Doctors without Borders (MSF) have warned Greece and the EU, that they are suspending some of their activities on the Greek Islands. On Samos the UNHCR have said, they will no longer oversee the management of the main camp, as the new rules effectively turn it into a detention facility. As neither…

A voyage to an uncertain future

The leaders of the EU and Turkey gather in Brussels tomorrow in order to hammer out a new deal to stem the flow of refugees and migrant into Europe. In Greece and on Samos many feel the results of the talks will not change status quo.

A plea for Europe 2016

After venturing through seven European countries and travelling approximately 4000 km by boat, train and bus from Lesbos and Samos via Athens to Karlsruhe, the refugee crisis is perhaps more tangible to me, but still startling in its complexity and forever changing. There are so many borders, people, interests and politicians involved, so many powers…

Grækenland: Den lille pige med lusene

På havnen i Samos By har en mor med seks børn boet i snart 10 dage. Faderen til børnene fik et hjerteanfald, da de kom over med båden fra Tyrkiet, og mens han er indlagt på hospitalet venter resten af familien på havnen. Da moderen bruger mange timer på hospitalet hver dag, har især de…