Cries of the Afghan girl moving beyond wire fences

News agencies received the photo of a girl sobbing behind the wire fence at the Greek-Macedonian border. Aged 4 to 5, a little Afghan girl was crying ‘Please, open the border!’. Arriving from Afghanistan, thousands of refugees have been waiting at the Idomeni border. The reason for this is that like many other European countries, …

Balkan countries shut borders as attention turns to new refugee routes Assad regime’s starve or surrender strategy ‘a crime against humanity’

Hundreds of thousands could become trapped in Greece after Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia announce frontier closures. European leaders claim to have closed the main refugee route to northern Europe, raising the possibility of tens if not hundreds of thousands of refugees being trapped in Greece while the EU attempts to finalise a deal that could …

European Union seeks agreements with African dictators to deter refugees

The European Union (EU) is abandoning all pretense of human rights restraints in its refugee policy. A strategy paper published last week by the EU Commission outlined migration partnerships that will compensate nine states in Africa and the Middle East, both transit countries and countries of origin, for their cooperation in deterring refugees. The goal …

Oxfam: Refugees treated brutally on Balkan route

Refugees and migrants using the Balkan route often experience violent, brutal and unlawful treatment by authorities, according to a report published Thursday. People fleeing Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria told researchers for NGO Oxfam, which compiled the “A dangerous game” report, that they had been beaten, robbed and illegally deported by police, border guards and …

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