By the spring of 2016 the Greek-Macedonian border had become the most dire hotspot of the migrant crisis in Europe. After the closure of the border in early March an estimated 12,000 refugees were stuck at the railway crossing station called Idomeni – about 40 percent of them small children.


The Greek government – with the aid of international humanitarian organizations – installed a number of official refugee camps. Idomeni was not one of them. The so called "wild camp" appeared and grew on its own, and all the NGO-s, such as UNHCR and MSF, could do was to make it as habitable as possible.

Even though the conditions were abysmal, the hope that the border may open one day kept the refugees in Idomeni. As false news and false hopes spread like wildfire in the camp, the tension between the refugees and the police grew by each following day.

April 2016 

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