Amnesty International UK: I Welcome

Many women are forced to cope with fear and violence in Greece’s overcrowded refugee camps. Approximately 60,000 refugees and migrants are stranded there because EU leaders have made it impossible for them to travel further north. Most live in appalling conditions. Camps often have poor lighting and lack separate toilets or showers.

This is a particular worry for women and girls: “We stay in groups and only go to sleep when we are really tired,” said one woman with a six-year-old girl. “At night we don’t leave our tents and our children are forced to go to the toilet inside.” In response, Yezidi women in one camp formed a “protection circle” to protect themselves, going to the toilet in groups and looking after each other because the authorities aren’t doing enough to help.
© Asia Alfasi/PositiveNegatives/Amnesty International

Many women are forced to cope with fear and violence in Greece’s overcrowded refugee camps. Approximately 60,000 refugees and migrants are stranded there because EU leaders have made it impossible for them to travel further north. Most live in appalling conditions. Camps often have poor lighting and lack separate toilets or showers.

This is a particular worry for women and girls: “We stay in groups and only go to sleep when we are really tired,” said one woman with a six-year-old girl. “At night we don’t leave our tents and our children are forced to go to the toilet inside.” In response, Yezidi women in one camp formed a “protection circle” to protect themselves, going to the toilet in groups and looking after each other because the authorities aren’t doing enough to help.
© Asia Alfasi/PositiveNegatives/Amnesty International