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April 18, 2017

Child refugees in Europe ‘forced to sell bodies’ to pay smugglers

Governments urged to end ‘most heinous human rights violation’ as report finds widespread sexual exploitation of migrant children in Greece

Unaccompanied child refugees in Greece desperate to reach the UK and other parts of northern Europe are being forced to sell their bodies in order to pay smugglers to help them with their journeys, according to a new report from Harvard University.

The report, from Dr Vasileia Digidiki and Prof Jacqueline Bhabha at the university’s centre for health and human rights, reveals what they [...]

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April 2, 2016

In a devastated Turkish town, teenagers dream of joining the Kurdish guerrillas

Students feel the Ankara government sees them as enemies, not citizens, and hundreds are joining the PKK

Ahmet, 21, walks past a house where a man is smearing wet concrete on a wall riddled with bullet holes. A young girl balances over a massive mine crater that scars the street, filled with debris and muddy water.

“Look what this war has done to the neighbourhood,” Ahmet says, greeting the girl with a nod. A member of the Civil Defence Units (YPS) – formerly known as the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) – Ahmet voices doubts about this new urban conflict in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish south-east. “I believe in autonomy, but these methods are wrong, they hurt us.”

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