P. Strickland: Macedonia border closure leaves refugees with no hope

Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera

5 december 2015 – Thousands stuck at Macedonia’s border with Greece as Skopje classifies them as “economic migrants”.
Patrick Strickland is an online producer at Al Jazeera English. He has reported from across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the United States. Now he reports from the Greek Macedonian border:

Idomeni, Greece – Makeshift camps and flimsy tents are scattered along the train tracks leading to the Macedonian border, while some families are living in decrepit old train cars.
An abandoned café’s windows have been smashed out and inside are several tents and wet mattresses.
“Stop Europe’s racist borders,” graffiti reads on the outside wall. “Hunger,” another says plainly, in Arabic.
An estimated 3,000 asylum seekers remain stuck at the Idomeni border crossing in Greece because of Macedonia’s refusal to allow entry for those who cannot prove Iraqi, Syrian or Afghani citizenship.

Read the complete article at: AlJazeera/P Strckland/No hope

©P. Strickland/ Al Jazzeera, BRON



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