Freezing temperatures await refugees at the start of their Balkan journey

CAFOD is helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon and other countries in the Middle East, but it is also working with its partner organisations in Europe to care for vulnerable refugees searching for safety in Europe. Laura Ouseley, CAFOD’s World News Officer, travelled to Greece to find out how CAFOD’s partner, Caritas Hellas, is helping.

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Laura Ouseley, CAFOD’s World News Officer, recently traveled to Greece to meet refugees attempting to continue their journey through Europe, and the Caritas partners working with them.

Laura Ouseley, CAFOD's World News Officer Laura Ouseley, CAFOD’s World News Officer, visited refugee camps in Greece.

As we drove up out of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, and headed north towards the border with Macedonia, snow-capped mountains gradually came into view, the temperature dropped, and the landscape became increasingly barren.

I was in northern Greece to meet refugees who had already risked their lives crossing the Aegean Sea in overloaded boats and were now attempting to continue their journey through Europe. They had all saved up, borrowed money or sold their possessions so that they could make this dangerous journey in search of a better, safer life. They had already traveled at least 20 days to get there. For some it had taken much longer.

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