The Greeks of this region are all refugees from Adrianopolis (Edirne). They escaped the now Turkish town after the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923. Now, from their yards they look calmly at the passing of these guys and they are not scared, maybe just concerned by what is going to happen 1200 km far from here… at the end of the big tunnel: Athens.
Four persons… Persons with names and surnames, their stories, their pasts, theirs fears. But what about their future, what about their hopes and the possibilities Europe will give to them?
Just a little sample:
Mr. Fariad, 22 years old, from Afghanistan, accused to be an US spy by the Talibans. He was working as interpreter for the US Army in the Helmand region. Some Talibans took this guy to the mountains, where he stood inside a hole for 3 weeks befere he had been interrogated. He was condemned to death. An old Taliban soldier opened his door and he said to Fariad to run away… He ran… He ran until Iran. From there he contacted his family and received the money for his long walking trip. As interpreter his salary was good, 600 $ for month. This means enough savings for starting a sort of new life inside EU. He finally reached Greece this morning… unloaded from a plastic dinghy in Europe. At 6 o’clock in morning in the main street of the little village of Vyssa we met him and his fellows traveller: Dari also from Afghanistan, Karim from Algeria and Sadiq 24 years old from Sudan.
Sadiq left his homeland 5 months ago, during a dark night because the militia came into his home shooting without knocking. He started “running in the bushes” until Turkey, he said. We did not insist on how he really reached Turkey. He was repeating “I run in the bush”. Somewhere close to the Syrian-Turkish border he found his fellows traveller. They travelled together trough Turkey. The dudes colletcted the money to pay his part to the Turkish smuggler for the overnight “cruise on the Evros river”.
He says: “Thez are my brothers now… “. He does not want to part from them anymore… but probably their destinies will be split by the Police of Orestida… one put into a detention camp probably in Fylakio, waiting for the pink paper (asylum) and the others will be free into the “trap” of the white paper system (3o days permission to stay in Greece). If they will be lucky they will meet again in some ghettos of Athes in some months.