Thank you to Kat of Living, Working, Musing and Misadventures in Athens for the link.
A harrowing account of life in a makeshift camp in Patras for Al Jazeera by Danylo Hawaleshka
Local residents in the apartment buildings that crowd the shantytown’s perimeter resent the migrants’ presence and the inevitable filth resulting from so many people living in cramped and inadequate conditions.
That leaves community groups and aid agencies like the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders to fill in the substantial gaps.
“It is inhuman to leave these people to live here like this,” says Christos Karapiperis, a social worker with the Hellenic Red Cross.
The Greek office of Doctors Without Borders recently opened a clinic inside the camp. But Dr. Apostolos Veizis, the group’s programme director, says conditions here remain “unacceptable, inhuman and do not meet international standards”.
People like Karapiperis want a government-sanctioned facility established for minors and another for adult asylum seekers.
“We are sure that organised crime is controlling the whole thing,” Karapiperis says, referring to human smuggling.
“The refugees are afraid to talk about this — they are afraid for their lives and maybe their families’ lives.”