I am from Afghanistan and I am a refugee. I came to Greece in the summer of 2009. Since then I am again in Patras. I have been here before. In the end of 2008 I was caught in Patras by the police. We were many, from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and other countries. Maybe 150 persons. The police brought us all through Greece to Alexandroupoli. There was twice as police in the convoy as refugees. At the border to Turkey they checked our clothes, our mobile phones, papers – everything, for signs proofing that we had been in Greece. When they found Greek labels on our clothes, they gave us others. Nobody should understand we were coming from Greece. It was winter and snow everywhere. When it was dark, they brought us to a river. They put us into boats and threatened us with guns. We were brought to Turkey and left behind there. It was not the first time. Two other times they took 300 and 200 persons from Patras to Turkey. When we arrived on the Turkish side, the Turkish soldiers found us. We told them we really came from Greece. It was not difficult to believe us. The tracks on the snow were only coming from the direction of Greece. After some days in detention I was released and I came back to Greece. Now I am again in Patras and I try every day to leave this country.
I came to Greece thinking that I arrived in a real place. I thought I would be recognised here, that I would have a place in this world. I am wondering now, is there really a place for me? Nobody seems to know where to put me. I am alive. I am a human being. But I am pushed away from all places, I am transferred from one place to the other, I have no right to be at some places. I just seem to have the right to be in specific places in a given time. I am like an old shoe that nobody wants to wear. I have only the right to be unseen.
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I was caught in Italia and deported back to Komunisia. They found me in the port of Ancona and sent me back with the next ferry. They locked me in a toilet together with other two refugees and gave us a cardboard to sleep on. When we reached Komunisia I was kept in the detention centre of the port for fifteen days. I had a paper that proved that I am underage. They transferred me in the prison of Kosani where I stayed for one month. Upon release they kept all my money – about 100 Euro – and my mobile phone. Then they sent me to the reception centre for minors where I stayed for one month. There it was ok. In the prison the situation was really bad. Almost everybody was sick. We had scabies. We couldn’t go outside and whenever we were complaining they were kicking us.
There is a border in Greece, where ships are leaving to Italy.
There are about 10 or 11 traffickers, they have a lot of passengers. The traffickers have small houses or rooms where they put the “passengers”. In one room they put 10 or 15 people. There is no water and its not clean. In one week a lot of passengers come and go. They wait for the day the ship is ready to go. Then, the traffickers decide to put the passengers inside the trucks. I was one of the passengers. One night in midnight the trafficker told me and my friends and put us into the truck. It was full of magazine and newspaper.
We vanished inside the newspapers.
To get us under the newspaper they had to put a lot of them outside, put us in the hole and the newspaper above. I had to hold the newspapers above me, they were very heavy, it was difficult. My hands got very tired. We did all kind of things like this. From 3 o’clock in the morning till 6 o’clock in the afternoon, I sad crumpled together, I couldn’t move. For 14 hours I couldn’t move, without any voice. Continue reading ‘Beneath a ton of newspapers to europe’
… I forgot to be thirsty, I forgot to be tired! I have lived several years in Europe as a student. Then the Palestinian government ordered me to return and work for them. Now the situation has become very difficult for me. I had to flee my county in order to escape imprisonment. I just wants to go back to France. My memories keep me alive. I had a car, I had a flat!