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Insight: Tortured, detained and ordered out: a migrant's tale in Greece

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A man walks past graffiti outside the Athens' Academy in central Athens December 6, 2012. A major gateway for Asian and African immigrants trying to enter Europe through its porous borders, Greece has long struggled with illegal immigration. In the last few years, the problem has exploded into a full-blown crisis as Greece sank into a deep recession, leaving one in four jobless and hardening attitudes towards migrants who were blamed for a rise in crime. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A man walks past graffiti outside the Athens' Academy in central Athens December 6, 2012. A major gateway for Asian and African immigrants trying to enter Europe through its porous borders, Greece has long struggled with illegal immigration. In the...more

A man walks past graffiti outside the Athens' Academy in central Athens December 6, 2012. A major gateway for Asian and African immigrants trying to enter Europe through its porous borders, Greece has long struggled with illegal immigration. In the last few years, the problem has exploded into a full-blown crisis as Greece sank into a deep recession, leaving one in four jobless and hardening attitudes towards migrants who were blamed for a rise in crime. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A police officer conducts a body search on an immigrant during an operation in the centre of Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A police officer conducts a body search on an immigrant during an operation in the centre of Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A police officer conducts a body search on an immigrant during an operation in the centre of Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows a scar on his neck in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows a scar on his neck in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows a scar on his neck in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A police officer checks documents of an immigrant in front of a replica of a one drachma coin during an operation in the centre of Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A police officer checks documents of an immigrant in front of a replica of a one drachma coin during an operation in the centre of Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A police officer checks documents of an immigrant in front of a replica of a one drachma coin during an operation in the centre of Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Egyptian immigrant Waleed Taleb sits inside his home in the island of Salamina near Athens November 28, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Egyptian immigrant Waleed Taleb sits inside his home in the island of Salamina near Athens November 28, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Egyptian immigrant Waleed Taleb sits inside his home in the island of Salamina near Athens November 28, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A police officer checks immigrants' documents during an operation in the centre of Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A police officer checks immigrants' documents during an operation in the centre of Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A police officer checks immigrants' documents during an operation in the centre of Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows a scar under his chin in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows a scar under his chin in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows a scar under his chin in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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