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Port of Patras Refugee Camp

George Poutachidis | Greece

By George Poutachidis

These photographs were taken at a refugee camp on the outskirts of the city of Patras, in Western Greece. The camp is a temporary home to as many as 2,000 refugees at any given time, among them Afghans fleeing to Europe to escape war and strife in their home countries. Most are awaiting entry, with or without documents, to mainland Europe. The settlement was originally built 13 years ago by Kurds from Iraq.

The immigrants arrive in Patras after a dangerous overseas trip of thousands of miles. Conditions there are extremely unsanitary and diseases such as tuberculosis and hepatitis are common. When it rains, the camp becomes a swamp.

For Westerners, this portfolio may offer a glimpse at one of the unexpected but tragic side effects of US-led wars in the Middle East.


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