My work shows what life was for migrants and refugees within the Idomeni camp in 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 eva- cuation 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.