Borderland

Reporting on the front lines of history in Greece

Torched grove leads to hunger strike

By Matthew Miller MYTILENE, Greece — Claims of pet cats killed, skinned and eaten. Residents assaulted with knives. A fire that burned fields and farms. These are all problems created by migrants, according to residents near the notorious refugee camp of Moria. On Sunday, the elected leader of the nearby village of Moria, Nick Trackellis, launched

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Life and death and what comes after

By Karolen Eid KATO TRITOS, Greece — Moustafa Dawa never planned on becoming an undertaker. The 32-year-old Egyptian translator came to Greece to study Greek literature. He now buries bodies in an unofficial cemetery in a remote olive grove on the island of Lesbos. He works in a small shed, washing and wrapping the bodies.

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Muslims in an Orthodox state

By Matthew Miller ATHENS, Greece – Two bearded men in traditional Islamic robes left prayer at their underground mosque and ran down Evripidou Street, pushing their motorcycle to jump-start it. They sprinted past generations-old Greek spice stores and butcher shops, past traditional sausages hanging over the sidewalk. “The neighborhood, the religion here, it’s changed a

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An education

By Khanh Kim Vu Twice a day, Ludovic Ikoko Mpeti takes the bus between Moria, an infamous refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, and Mosaik, a nonprofit that offers free classes. A native of the Congo, he takes all three courses offered at the camp: Greek, English, and information technology. When not in

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Chefs break bread and stereotypes at food fest

By Emily Spalding ATHENS, Greece — In a city where Greek salad, feta cheese and souvlaki dominate menus, restaurants here were in for a distinct dining experience when six restaurants swapped their pita for injera. During the third week in June, Athens restaurants opened their kitchens to accomplished chefs who also happened to be refugees.

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Profiting Off Protest

By Matthew Miller ATHENS, Greece — With the theme from Rocky playing in the background, vendors on June 17 hawked everything from patriotic banners to Mickey Mouse balloons at a protest at Syntagma Square that ended with riot police teargassing members of the crowd of up to 5,000 protestors. A range of vendors profited off of

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Service, community and demolition

By Isaac Wolfe ATHENS, Greece – As the sun set over Mount Lycabettus, a six-story building in the neighborhood of Exarcheia was still brimming with activity. Volunteers at the Khora Community Center shuffled in and out, towing boxes of toys, chunks of drywall and demolition tools as they prepared the center’s equipment for its next

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About this project

Welcome to Borderland, a project of students in Princeton University’s first border-crossing global journalism seminar, “Reporting on the Frontlines in Greece.” In June and July 2018,  students travelled to Athens and the island of Lesbos, notebooks and cameras in hand, to serve as eyewitnesses at a pivotal moment in world affairs. Their challenging assignment: Produce

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