Borderland

Reporting from the frontlines of history in Greece

Author: ab22

Behind the wire

By Amanda Blanco

For those trapped inside of the place known as Moria, razor wire doubles as clothesline. Jeans and t-shirts drape over barbed spindles, and makeshift tents crafted from blankets use the fence as support.

Located on the Greek island of Lesbos, Moria was established in late September 2013 as a registration site for refugees who arrived on its azure shores seeking asylum. Greek officials meant it to be a short-term home and temporary sanctuary, not a long-term detention center. But since the signing of the EU-Turkey agreement in March 2016, that has become its destiny.

 

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Refugees inside Moria hang laundry on the barbed-wire fences that surround the camp.

 

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Yoga, therapy and a welcoming network

By Amanda Blanco

Tucked away on a side street off Victoria Square in Athens is a house whose door is always open. It is the home of Melissa Network, an organization for the empowerment of migrant women and children.

A marble staircase, lined with children’s artwork, leads visitors to an open landing. Whitewashed arches reveal a reception area for visitors, a living room, and a garden patio.

 

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