PLATFORM ZERO

Alfredo Chiarappa

2016

Greece

Idomeni was regarded as one of the worst refugee camps on the European migrant trail, which has increased in size following the decision of Fyrom to close its border.

Idomeni is a border village – the new nobody’s land where desperates from the most hostile war zones on Earth ended their journey towards Europe.

It is located in the Kilkis regional unit of Central Macedonia.

The Axios river, few metres away from the borders with Macedonia, shapes the land.

The village itself counts 120 inhabitants both native Macedonian Greeks but also originated from East Thrace.

The Idomeni camp stretches out for hundreds of yards along the railway track that crosses the border, and for hundreds of yards on either side. Authorities estimate that 12,000 people are here, but only a minority sleep in the large marquee tents the UN has set on dry concrete slab and lled with more than 100 bunk-beds each.

The vast majority sleeps in camping tents set directly on to muddy elds, or the coarse gravel of the railway tracks.

At Idomeni camp people struggle for existence, while attempting to organize small trading activities or services, such as setting up a bar in the old train station or selling cigarettes and few groceries from the nearest local shops. Everyday seems to be a long day for them. Everyday in Idomeni refugee camp people are seeking a place to call home, but they are just feeling fear about their uncertain future at the border of Europe.

The evacuation process in Idomeni camp began on tuesday 24th of may in early morning, and according to the police more than 3,000 refugees and migrants have departed with buses and are heading towards structures in the wider region of Thessaloniki.

The police forces however, have also removed journalists from Idomeni camp during the evacuation process, allowing only journalists and members of ERT and ANA MPA to be on the scene and cover the operation.

The rest of the media representatives are hemmed in 2 kilometers away from the camp.

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  • View of the camp at dawn.

  • Asylum seekers from Pakistan have breakfast at early morning.

  • V. from Damascus, Syria. Since February, she has been in Idomeni camp with her two sisters, her brother and her brother in law. She is currently staying in an abandoned house with her two sisters for fear of being raped at night. She shares the place with another 15 women.

  • Refugee kids playing on the rail tracks in the afternoon.

  • Daily life for refugee women.

  • Refugee kid play in the flooded field after the storm.

  • Saha, a 30-year-old refugee from Damascus, is hosted by Panagiota Vasiliadou with other 8 people. Panagiota is an 82 years old woman who pays for food and she offers free accommodation, while the women help cook the meals.

  • A refugee boy tries to stabilise his tent as the strong wind smashes down the tents at a makeshift refugee camp.

  • A asylum seeker from Tunisi. He broke his hand after he punched it against the wall for frustration of being stuck in the camp.

  • Kids play close to the fence built by FYROM government in order to manage and stop the entry of refugees into the country.

  • Men block the road in a protest making to open the border.

  • Kurdish woman prepares the bed for her kid at night.

  • Asylum seeker from Algeria.
    Landed to Turkey from Algeria, walked to Greece, the safest way to get Europe, for the dangerous conditions of the sea route. He has been stuck for two months in Idomeni.

  • Man lights the fire in the early morning.

  • Daily life for Kurdish refugees.

  • A refugee woman from Syria with her kid having autism.

  • A refugee family waits outside a bus that will transport them and other refugees from Syria and Iraq to a relocation camp in Veria.

  • Night view of the older railway station of Idomeni turned into a refugee camp.

  • Kurdish asylum seeker from Syria. He has been stuck for two months in Idomeni with his family.

  • Daily life for Syrian refugees.

  • Refugee men dance at nightfall.

  • Movies keep refugee kids entertained, despite all the sorrow and trials they are still facing.

  • Najib, 23, asylum seeker from Syria, lost his glass eye during the last clashes at the Greek/Fyrom border.

  • Night view of the older railway station of Idomeni turned into a refugee camp.

  • Hotel Hara petrol station is the place where Idomeni’s trafficking business is roaring back to life after the decision of FYROM government to close the border to the asylum seekers.

  • Refugees pushed a train towards a police line during a protest at Camp Idomeni, after which clashes ensued. Protesters threw rocks and police retaliated with tear gas.

  • Refugees pushed a train towards a police line during a protest at Camp Idomeni, after which clashes ensued. Protesters threw rocks and police retaliated with tear gas.

  • Refugees pushed a train towards a police line during a protest at Camp Idomeni, after which clashes ensued. Protesters threw rocks and police retaliated with tear gas.

  • The evacuation process in Idomeni camp began on tuesday 24th mayin early morning, and according to the police more than 3,000 refugees and migrants have departed with buses and are heading towards structures in the wider region of Thessaloniki.
    The police forces however, have also removed journalists from Idomeni camp during the evacuation process, allowing only journalists and members of ERT and ANA MPA to be on the scene and cover the operation. The rest of the media representatives are hemmed in 2 kilometers away from the camp.

  • Refugees pushed a train towards a police line during a protest at Camp Idomeni, after which clashes ensued. Protesters threw rocks and police retaliated with tear gas.

  • Refugees pushed a train towards a police line during a protest at Camp Idomeni, after which clashes ensued. Protesters threw rocks and police retaliated with tear gas.

  • A Kurdish refugee, carrying his son, try illegally to cross the border between Greece and Fyrom

  • Clothes left by refugees on the illegal route to cross the border between Greece and FYROM.


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