Inspired by an amazing friend’s post today who has worked in the refugee crisis for several months:
Lots going on at Eidomeni right now as the the rules continue to change with the whim of a phone call or official letter. “Close the borders for that specific group of people.” Who have travelled so far and for so long only to get to a barbed wire fence and intimidating military police blocking the entry.
The most infuriating and frustrating thing about this repeating scenario (it happened in my time there when it was decided to only let Syrian, Iraqis, and Afghan citizens through the FYROM border) has been the lack of a “plan B.” The people who make these rules have no regard for the thousands of lives that these decisions affect. The thousands of lives of the refugees AND also the volunteers who are then overwhelmed in hosting/providing adequate supplies for the people stuck at the camp.