Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | On Samos, Aesop’s Fabled Isle, a Mix of Greeks, Migrants and Tourists Supported by Pursuits Business owners, volunteer organizations and refugees welcome tourists who wish to help and enjoy themselves at the same time. ByHelen Benedict Nov. 14, 2018 Legend has it that when Aesop, a slave, was brought to the Greek island of Samos, he so charmed the locals with his fables that they not only freed him, but honored him with a shrine. That Aesop should have come to this Northern Aegean island for freedom holds a special poignancy today, even if it is only myth, because Samos is now home to one of the largest refugee camps in Greece. More than 4,400 asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa live in and around an overcrowded camp above the port town of Vathy, the capital of Samos, waiting for clearance … [Read more...] about On Samos, Aesop’s Fabled Isle, a Mix of Greeks, Migrants and Tourists
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Europe Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByPatrick Kingsley Oct. 2, 2018 MORIA, Greece — He survived torture in Congo, and a perilous boat journey from Turkey. But Michael Tamba, a former Congolese political prisoner, came closest to death only after he had supposedly found sanctuary at Europe’s biggest refugee camp. Stuck for months at the camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, Mr. Tamba, 31, tried to end his life by drinking a bottle of bleach. The trigger: Camp Moria itself. “Eleven months in Moria, Moria, Moria,” said Mr. Tamba, who survived after being rushed to hospital. “It’s very traumatic.” Mr. Tamba’s experience has become a common one at Moria, a camp of around 9,000 people living in a space designed for just 3,100, where squalid conditions and an inscrutable asylum process have … [Read more...] about ‘Better to Drown’: A Greek Refugee Camp’s Epidemic of Misery
Elena Becatoros and Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press Updated 9:52 am PDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 FILE - In this Wednesday, May, 2, 2018, file photo, children play inside the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. Authorities are to move about 2,000 asylum seekers out of a severely overcrowded migrant camp on the island of Lesbos by the end of September, Greece's government spokesman said on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 as charities slammed conditions in the facility. less FILE - In this Wednesday, May, 2, 2018, file photo, children play inside the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. Authorities are to move about 2,000 asylum seekers out of a ... more Photo: Petros Giannakouris, AP FILE - In this photo taken on Thursday, March 16, 2017, a migrant stands between tents at the Moria refugee detention center on the northeastern Greek … [Read more...] about Greece to move 2,000 out of overcrowded Lesbos migrant camp
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency urged Greece on Friday to speed up transfers of eligible asylum-seekers from Aegean islands to the mainland, saying conditions at an overcrowded Lesbos reception center were "reaching boiling point".Lesbos, not far from Turkey in the northeastern Aegean Sea, was the preferred entry point into the European Union in 2015 for nearly a million Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis.Those three groups still comprise more than 70 percent of those arriving in Greece, and typically have high recognition rates for their asylum claims, but the overall flow is far less than in previous years, UNHCR said.Although 1,350 refugees and asylum seekers were transferred to mainland sites in August, this failed to ease pressure as an average of 114 people arrived daily during the month, it said."The situation is reaching boiling point at the Moria reception identification center on Lesbos, where more than 7,000 asylum seekers and migrants are crammed into shelters … [Read more...] about Situation at ‘boiling point’ at refugee center on Greek island: U.N.
0 Comments By Nektaria Stamouli | Photographs and Video by Nektaria Stamouli The Wall Street Journal BiographyNektaria Stamouli @nstamouli [email protected] Myrto Papadopoulos for The Wall Street Journal Aug. 20, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET The Acropolis towers over Aeropagitou Street in Athens ATHENS— Giorgos Fasois may never hold a full-time job again. He has come to terms with that, he said. He will just do whatever it takes to feed his three children. Charis Karakosta Papachristou now works as a doctor in Sweden. She doesn’t intend to return. Evelyn Karyofylli kept her swimsuit-making business going, but isn’t sure it was worth it. “I had to let go of the whole personnel gradually: 25 people in total,” she said. “I’m now alone; I’m sewing the swimsuits in the winter, selling them in the summer.” Evelyn Karyofylli, 37 years old, used to employ 25 people at her swimsuit-making … [Read more...] about Many Greeks Struggle to Keep Their Heads Above Water as Bailout Ends