The opportunity to talk about the problems in the port of Piraeus Greece gave us the Bulgarian TV.
With our help we show the unacceptable and inhumane conditions under which they are forced to live almost 5000 refugees in informal hot spot of Piraeus, the needs that exist and the problems that do not allow our country to meet fully giving dignity to all those people in Greece.
The chaos of Piraeus: outside derelict buildings, children play barefoot around overflowing rubbish bins; officialdom comes in the form of a single police car, parked alongside a fence clad with clothes, while up a flight of stairs inside the departure terminal, roughly men, women and children – almost double the centre’s capacity – sleep side by side. With hunger reputed to be on the rise, volunteers have openly voiced fears of offering services to people who are increasingly desperate.
Chaotic, overwhelmed: Piraeus is the first port of call for the thousands now trapped in the capital, on the frontline of Europe’s refugee crisis. Since the closure of Greece’s northern border and with it the Balkan migrant trail – a move that has resulted in more than 46,000 stranded on the Greek mainland – it has been emblematic of the country’s inability to cope with a situation few had envisaged. In passenger terminals never built to deal with a humanitarian crisis, facilities have been rudimentary, tensions high, and resources vastly overstretched.
Among others stressed that the Greeks despite the enormous economic problems of our country and our society in the last six years, we transcend reality and offer as much as we can. Despite record unemployment and poverty levels, Greeks have responded to the influx with compassion and solidarity. Many have brought food and clothes to public squares, harking back to their families’ own experience as refugees when thousands were forcibly expelled from the Anatolian heartland after Greece’s ill-fated attempt to invade Turkey in 1922.
We carried the message that all Balkan countries and the European Union and Turkey must work together in peace to create safe roads and resettlement conditions, that the distribution of refugees should be proportionate capabilities of each host country. As Greeks We show worldwide what civilization and democracy means. The Solution is not to close borders and isolate refugees on Europe’s borders. The Solution is to embrace the refugees and their children in Europe and give them the hope of a better life in a humane Europe.