Damian Mac Con Uladh

Syrian sleep-in on Syntagma completes sixth night

In Greece on 24 November 2014 at 8:55 am
Syrians on Syntagma (Photo: Damian Mac Con Uladh)

Syrians on Syntagma (Photo: Damian Mac Con Uladh)

I spent just under two hours listening to the Syrian refugees on Syntagma Square on Sunday, where they’ve been sleeping out since last Wednesday to highlight the conditions they have faced since arriving in Greece.

Most seemed anxious to tell their story, to have it recorded somewhere that their wife was killed in a bomb blast or to say that they have no idea where their families are. Or to explain how their sister has been in a Greek jail for six months on false charges of trafficking. And how her two children, who came to Greece subsequently, are now in a Greek orphanage and how their uncle had to battle to get to see them (he’s now allowed visit for an hour every ten days).

Some of their stories I managed to include in an article entitled “Syrian refugees seek fresh start from Greek destitution”, published in today’s Irish Times, which you might like to read.

More testimony from the Syrians is available on the Greek Crisis Review blog.

For the latest updates from the Syrian protest, follow #SyrianRefugeesGR on Twitter.

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