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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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August 13, 2016

‘Sexual assaults on children’ at Greek refugee camps

Charities claim youngsters and women are too afraid to leave tents after dark at government-run camps

Children as young as seven have been sexually assaulted in official European refugee camps, the Observer has been told. The claims come as testimony emerges suggesting that some camps are so unsafe that youngsters are too terrified to leave their tents at night.

Charities and human rights groups allege that children stranded in supposedly safe camps in Greece that were built to deal with Europe’s migration crisis – many of whom are likely to be eligible to [...]

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May 28, 2016

Protests grow as Greece moves refugees to warehouses ‘not fit for animals’

Closure of Idomeni sees families living in military-run accommodation blocks with no running water or electricity

Conditions inside a network of new permanent refugee camps in Greece have been described as so bleak and lacking in basic amenities that they are “not fit for animals”. Around 3,000 refugees were last week transported to the sites after a vast makeshift camp at Idomeni, near Greece’s border with Macedonia, was finally cleared by police.

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May 24, 2016

Idomeni: Greek riot police move in before dawn to clear refugee camp

No violence reported as Greek authorities order 8,000 residents of Europe’s largest informal refugee camp to leave

Greek police are attempting to clear Europe’s largest informal refugee camp, where thousands of refugees have been stranded for months just south of the Greek-Macedonian border.

Journalists and activists were barred from entry, but witnesses said about 400 riot police entered the camp at dawn on Tuesday to order the approximately 8,000 camp residents to leave. Many left voluntarily in government buses, and by 8am no violence had been reported.

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