‘We are living in darkness’: The heartbreaking suffering of refugees stranded in Greece

ESPMI Network

It was almost a year ago that the tragic image of the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, a Kurdish Syrian refugee who drowned while attempting to cross the Aegean Sea with his family, brought global attention to the refugee crisis. Twelve months on, what is the situation like for the thousands still desperate to reach safety? Amy Merone, from Christian Aid, reports from Greece where some 57,000 refugees are currently stuck as a result of closed borders and political inaction.

When Ruhia sits down to share her story, she does so clutching a red wallet. As she talks she sobs, grief-stricken, and opens it, removing two small photographs of a boy and a girl. They were her children, killed by the Taliban. Ruhia lifts the hem of her dress to reveal scars across her feet: wounds suffered when they attempted to cut her down as she fled.

She recounts the…

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