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Abandoned village becomes refuge for migrant children

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 01:19

An abandoned tourist village on the Greek island of Chios offers shelter to migrant children who crossed the Aegean Sea alone. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This is an abandoned tourist village on the Greek Island of Chios. It's now become a refuge for unaccompanied migrant children. This so-called "Ark of the World" charity is run by Father Antonios Papanikolaou. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) ORTHODOX PRIEST WHO RUNS THE CENTER, FATHER ANTONIOS PAPANIKOLAOU, SAYING: "These children need to be protected and we can raise them." Hameedu Allah, from Kabul, is one of 25 underage migrants who has found refuge. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNACCOMPANIED UNDERAGE MIGRANT, HAMEEDU ALLAH FROM KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, SAYING: "When I decided to leave the country, for two or three nights my mum was crying, everyone was crying, especially me. I was crying. I was afraid, that when I leave my family, what should happen to me because I am alone." Many have fled war and violence. Some traveled alone to Europe, others became separated from parents during the journey. Last month, the European Union struck a controversial deal with Turkey aimed at closing the Aegean route. The closures have left an estimated 2,000 unaccompanied children trapped in Greece. Some have now found a safezone.

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Abandoned village becomes refuge for migrant children

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 01:19