Thousands of families seeking asylum are stranded at the Turkey-Greece border for the past 26 days in the hope of entering Europe and the excruciating wait is taking its toll on children.
Among other hard realities of everyday life, the children have to brave the gas canisters thrown at them by the Greek border forces. The cold weather coupled with sporadic rain, often makes it impossible for them to lie down for a rest as the tents often fill with rainwater.
All the day the children are seen roaming around the tents in the camp and try to invent games with whatever they find. The best playmates they have for now are security forces, police or government officials deputed at the camps on official duty.
Though there are some accouterments available for children to play with like swings and footballs, but, they are not enough, so many of these children loiter around the premises of the camp and play imaginary games to pass the difficult time.
But the anxiety and sense of apprehension in their innocent faces is unmistakable. They seem to be well aware of their families’ plight.