Random Stories [Eidomeni]
A Macedonian riot policeman shares a cigarette with an Iranian migrant, while they are protesting on the borderline of Greece - FYROM. Eidomeni Nov 27, 2015
"Put yourself in our place..."
’Shoot us or help us’
Thousands of migrants from countries other than Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have been stuck on the Greek side of the border for several days, when Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and FYROM said they would no longer accept ‘economic migrants’. Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis are still being allowed through the border at Eidomeni, causing many from other nationalities to become angry. Eidomeni, Greece. Nov 27, 2015
"I was not born to live here like this"
To call Eidomeni a Camp is wrong. This is a swamp. There are no basic facilities, none. It’s a field of mud and tattered tents.
Eidomeni, Greece. Dec. 2015
"We Won't Hurt You..."
Iranians' sew lips shut | Eidomeni Nov 27, 2015
In one of the most extreme protests seen since the start of the refugee crisis, about 10 men trapped on the Greek-FYROM border have sewn their lips shut to silently oppose being blocked from continuing further into Europe - to highlight that no one was listening to their problems.
The protesting men, some of whom appear to be from Iran’s Kurdish minority, sat down on railway tracks in front of riot police with their mouths sewn shut, with messages such as “Just freedom” scrawled on their foreheads and chests.
Macedonian riot police guarding the borders with Greece, following orders of controlling the flow of refugees and migrants, when Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and FYROM said they would no longer accept ‘economic migrants’.
Sign of times. . . #diplomacy
"And do not be too sure that in your life—
restricted, regulated, prosaic—
spectacular and horrible things like that do not happen.
Maybe this very moment Theodotos—
enters some neighbor’s tidy house
carrying an equally repulsive head."
Theodotos. C. P. Cavafy [Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard]
A note on terminology: we are using the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.