Category Archives: Greece

Calling Syria to check my family is alive

Activists across Europe are protesting today against how people fleeing war and poverty are being treated at the EU border. One protester, Inaam, is a Syrian refugee living in Greece. She worries about her relatives still living in Syria. But … Continue reading

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‘I feared the Greek police more than the Syrian military’

By Amnesty International’s researcher on migration in the European Union The snarled-up traffic on the bus ride from the airport gave me some much-needed time to reflect on my recent research trip, where I looked at how Greece is shutting … Continue reading

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‘Why should a person drown?’

Giorgos Mavripidis, a fisherman from Skala Sikamias, saved a family from drowning as they were trying to reach the shores of Lesvos in October 2009. Eight other lives were lost that day. “There’s no doubt many people are going to … Continue reading

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Don’t send them back to war

On the island of Lesvos, Greece, Amnesty International’s “When you don’t exist” campaign hosts a week-long action to support the rights of migrants and refugees across the European Union. Here, Livewire shares their blog about Papa Stratis, a Greek orthodox … Continue reading

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Greece/Europe: ‘Somebody put a knife to the boat and it sank’

By Giorgos Kosmopoulos from Amnesty’s EU team “Of course I remember you,” said Adam, when I visited him again on the Greek island of Lesvos. Coming here has become something of a habit lately: this is my third time on … Continue reading

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