Sunday, September 6, 2015

September 3, 2015

A migrant family from Kobani, Syria at the Pipka informal camp in Mytilini, Lesvos

Post from Ericka

So I made it to Sveged, closer to the Serbian border= more action.It was a slower day with about 50 syrian refugees crossing. About 15 children among them. One father with 3 little kids had been walking for two months. The refugee station provides food, water, a hygiene station and free wifi so there were a lot of frantic calls to relatives and aid groups. As the only native English speaker I helped translate some of the calls to aid organizations. From here the refugees have two more stops before the refugee camps so the group calls down the line to tell other groups what to expect. Interesting, speaking with a journalist from Luxembourg who visited the camp, hungarian police won't let journalists in, and none of the volunteers have ever been. One volunteer explained "it is for them, not for us" To which the journalist responded that not only were no refugees venturing out it sure didn't look like they were free to leave considering the heavy guard presence.


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