Apostolos Kapsalis: “We are travelling in uncharted and stormy seas”

We sat down for a long discussion with the researcher of the Institute of Labor for the phneomenon “Manolada”, the realities of migrant workers in Greece, and the challenges that the pandemic brought -and will bring- not only to the agricultural production, but the rights of the ones ensuring it.

Millions in funding at stake for refugee housing

2020 was the year the government vowed to “put NGOs in order” and millions were controversially allocated to tackle the issue. Funding was even granted to NGOs that did not meet the criteria set by the government.

A fire in tent 959

A heavily pregnant Afghan woman set herself on fire, after hearing her transfer to Germany was postponed again. The act was viewed as “a cry for help” by many. The woman had been living in Lesbos’ infamous camps for over a year.

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Current population of asylum seekers in RICs in Greek islands

8,746

Lesvos

Cap: 12,602

2,088

Chios

Cap: 1,352

3,505

Samos

Cap: 665

428

Leros

Cap: 860

651

Kos

Cap: 1,290

31

Other islands

Cap: 52

Moria’s “missing” migrants

When multiple fires destroyed Europe’s notorious refugee camp, it became apparent that more than 3,000 asylum seekers were missing already. While authorities remain silent regarding their whereabouts, we met some of them. We witnessed them living in limbo, working under exploitation, and being victims of brutal attacks; crossing borders to reach the “European dream” or failing to do so. We also delved into the government’s practices of fabricating the numbers.

The night when “hell” burned down

Two months after the fire that destroyed Moria camp, the overcrowded refugee facility on the island of Lesvos, an asylum seeker who lived there, remembers the events of that night and what happened in the days that followed.

The logbook of Moria

The logbook of Moria

A logbook was found in the ashes of Europe’s most notorious refugee camp. Written by the workers that were there to protect the unaccompanied minors, but often felt incapable of doing so, its pages reveal the horrific reality that they endured. The logbook of Moria’s safe zone is an indisputable document of Europe’s failure to protect the most vulnerable group of asylum seekers that sought safety within its borders.

Name: Unknown – Cause of death: Drowning

“I can’t, I’ve had a difficult time processing all this.” Since 2012, the registrar of Lesvos has been mainly registering the bodies of unidentified refugees.

/ Last in Line

A Publication about young male migrants and refugees

 

More than 75,000 asylum seekers arrived in Greece in 2019 alone, either by crossing the northern border with Turkey via the Evros River or by crossing the Aegean from Turkey on boats, hoping to land on one of the Greek islands.

About 40% of the asylum seekers are men.

Mahmood in waiting

Mahmood in waiting

In 2016 Mahmood left Jalalabad, his hometown in Afghanistan, and embarked on a dangerous journey to Europe. After six months he made it to Greece. We meet him in a flat in the suburbs of Athens, which he shares with up to twelve other compatriots; struggling with the Greek asylum services; making a living on the streets; and strolling through the center of Athens. This is his story.

“Mom, what are Albanians?”

“Mom, what are Albanians?”

Marios and Mirela came to Greece 24 years ago, and their children were born here. They cultivate garlic − a local product which has helped the region of Platykampos, Larissa, gain international attention. But they are still waiting for Greek citizenship.

“I didn’t know I had to tell my story somewhere”

Keita is from the Ivory Coast and has been living in Athens since 2010. As a minor, he decided to leave his family and pursue his dream to play football. But things didn’t quite work out as he expected.

/ THE VISUALS

We collect data information and create visual stories that give you a whole new perspective of a topic.

A visual representation of Australia’s devastating fires

A visual representation of Australia’s devastating fires

Fires in Australia are estimated to have burned 107,000 square kilometers, nearly the size of mainland Greece (132,049). 28 people died and more than a billion animals killed in wildfires that have been burning the country since autumn 2019.

The curse of the “rich” countries

The curse of the “rich” countries

The term resource curse refers to that situation in which countries with an abundance of natural resources, such as fossil fuels and certain minerals, appear to have lower economic growth, less democracy and lower index scores on peacefulness.

/ THE VISUALS

We collect data information and create visual stories that give you a whole new perspective of a topic.

A visual representation of Australia’s devastating fires

A visual representation of Australia’s devastating fires

Fires in Australia are estimated to have burned 107,000 square kilometers, nearly the size of mainland Greece (132,049). 28 people died and more than a billion animals killed in wildfires that have been burning the country since autumn 2019.

The curse of the “rich” countries

The curse of the “rich” countries

The term resource curse refers to that situation in which countries with an abundance of natural resources, such as fossil fuels and certain minerals, appear to have lower economic growth, less democracy and lower index scores on peacefulness.

Millions in funding at stake for refugee housing

Millions in funding at stake for refugee housing

2020 was the year the government vowed to “put NGOs in order” and millions were controversially allocated to tackle the issue. Funding was even granted to NGOs that did not meet the criteria set by the government.

Something’s up with Lime

Something’s up with Lime

The multinational company Lime, worth €2 billion, suspended its operation in Greece due to COVID-19. A months-long investigation, however, reveals that the problems began long before the pandemic.

The tandoor of Moria

The tandoor of Moria

Afghan wood-fired ovens are an example of people’s attempt to resist a regime of detention which imposes misery as normality.

Blurred Future

Blurred Future

What happens to asylum seekers when they manage to escape the inhumane conditions in which they live in the Reception and Identification Centers on the Greek islands? How do they experience the legislative changes regarding the asylum status, but also the restrictions they place on NGOs?

Mahmood in waiting

Mahmood in waiting

In 2016 Mahmood left Jalalabad, his hometown in Afghanistan, and embarked on a dangerous journey to Europe. After six months he made it to Greece. We meet him in a flat in the suburbs of Athens, which he shares with up to twelve other compatriots; struggling with the Greek asylum services; making a living on the streets; and strolling through the center of Athens. This is his story.

“Moria 2.0” turns once more to mud

“Moria 2.0” turns once more to mud

A short rain in Lesbos turned everything into mud in some parts of the “Moria 2.0”, the new camp in Lesbos, for one more time. What will winter look like for its thousands of residents?

The tandoor of Moria

The tandoor of Moria

Afghan wood-fired ovens are an example of people’s attempt to resist a regime of detention which imposes misery as normality.

Blurred Future

Blurred Future

What happens to asylum seekers when they manage to escape the inhumane conditions in which they live in the Reception and Identification Centers on the Greek islands? How do they experience the legislative changes regarding the asylum status, but also the restrictions they place on NGOs?

Mahmood in waiting

Mahmood in waiting

In 2016 Mahmood left Jalalabad, his hometown in Afghanistan, and embarked on a dangerous journey to Europe. After six months he made it to Greece. We meet him in a flat in the suburbs of Athens, which he shares with up to twelve other compatriots; struggling with the Greek asylum services; making a living on the streets; and strolling through the center of Athens. This is his story.

Blurred Future

Blurred Future

What happens to asylum seekers when they manage to escape the inhumane conditions in which they live in the Reception and Identification Centers on the Greek islands? How do they experience the legislative changes regarding the asylum status, but also the restrictions they place on NGOs?

Report “Modern Slavery: from production to consumption”

Report “Modern Slavery: from production to consumption”

Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity in the context of the project design and implementation, collaborated with Andreas Hatzidakis Professor of Marketing at Royal Holloway University of London, who is the scientific supervisor at the research and the researcher Iordanis Paraskevas, who undertook the implementation of the research and the writing of the report.

The night when “hell” burned down

The night when “hell” burned down

Two months after the fire that destroyed Moria camp, the overcrowded refugee facility on the island of Lesvos, an asylum seeker who lived there, remembers the events of that night and what happened in the days that followed.

Bringing a refugee story to its true protagonists

Bringing a refugee story to its true protagonists

When BFJE fellow Stavros Malichudis published his investigation into young unaccompanied male asylum seekers and refugees in Greece, he took it to the kind of people featured in the story to test their reaction.

Testimonies of refugees and migrants in a time of pandemic

Testimonies of refugees and migrants in a time of pandemic

The digital narratives were created under the project “Narrating COVID-19: Testimonies from Refugees and Migrants in a Time of Pandemic”, which was implemented by the MSc “Global Health – Disaster Medicine” of School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), in order to highlight the humanitarian role of new technologies, which has been used as a tool of self-expression to capture the psychosocial effects of Covid-19 in vulnerable populations.

When Mao censored Antonioni

China by Michelangelo Antonioni was different from what the Maoist regime had hoped to present to the West in the 1970s.

Sex work can be a choice

Despite objections, some people believe they have the right to get paid for having sex. Sex workers share their stories.

Christmas is postponed

I ran away from my parents in 2010. I was 17 years old. After forty eight hours of uncertainty, I returned home. They forgave me. Two years earlier, 2008 was the year that made me feel doubt and rage. It was near Christmas time, I was 15 years old and really angry. There was a very serious reason that made me and many other children of my age feel this way.

“The state is very funny”

Dandom Howladar owns a mini market in central Athens. Since the pandemic hit, fewer customers shop at his store – and they don’t always have good intentions.

Inside a gardener’s quarantine

For a year and a half, Hamid Nasseri moved daily from the center of Athens to the northern suburbs and took care of the gardens at houses there. Until the coronavirus appeared, the country entered a second lock down, and he was forced to lose his job and income again.

Report “Modern Slavery: from production to consumption”

Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity in the context of the project design and implementation, collaborated with Andreas Hatzidakis Professor of Marketing at Royal Holloway University of London, who is the scientific supervisor at the research and the researcher Iordanis Paraskevas, who undertook the implementation of the research and the writing of the report.

Moria’s “missing” migrants

When multiple fires destroyed Europe’s notorious refugee camp, it became apparent that more than 3,000 asylum seekers were missing already. While authorities remain silent regarding their whereabouts, we met some of them. We witnessed them living in limbo, working under exploitation, and being victims of brutal attacks; crossing borders to reach the “European dream” or failing to do so. We also delved into the government’s practices of fabricating the numbers.

WHY WE

NEED YOU

The media in Greece have lost their credibility and they are solely responsible for this. However, time has run out, and so have excuses. Media and journalism should communicate with other disciplines in search of common ways to include their communities.

We should make an effort to be more receptive and above all to include the very people we are (supposedly) writing about. Each side needs the other. And it shouldn’t be so difficult anymore, for us to question our ”expertise”. This can make things a lot more exciting.

At Solomon we are not interested in trying to be the ”experts” nor do we want to be vaguely ”objective”. We are interested in seeking and presenting the facts, and being able to share them, completely and transparently, with the people who care about realities. And, of course, doing so without serving any special interests or outside influences.

But we do not want our independence to be the reason why we are forced to work in a state of insecurity and exhaust all of our resources to be able to literally remain upright. On the contrary, we want our independence to be the reason why people view us as a trustworthy news source, and will support us in maintaining our dedication.


Iliana Papangeli, Project Manager

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WHY

WE

NEED

YOU

The media in Greece have lost their credibility and they are solely responsible for this. However, time has run out, and so have excuses. Media and journalism should communicate with other disciplines in search of common ways to include their communities.

We should make an effort to be more receptive and above all to include the very people we are (supposedly) writing about. Each side needs the other. And it shouldn’t be so difficult anymore, for us to question our ”expertise”. This can make things a lot more exciting.

At Solomon we are not interested in trying to be the ”experts” nor do we want to be vaguely ”objective”. We are interested in seeking and presenting the facts, and being able to share them, completely and transparently, with the people who care about realities. And, of course, doing so without serving any special interests or outside influences.

But we do not want our independence to be the reason why we are forced to work in a state of insecurity and exhaust all of our resources to be able to literally remain upright. On the contrary, we want our independence to be the reason why people view us as a trustworthy news source, and will support us in maintaining our dedication.


Iliana Papangeli, Project Manager

Choose the monthly plan of your Membership or get a discount with an annual plan

* The plan of your Membership is irrelevant to the news and stories that are provided to you. Access to information should be given to anyone, anytime in any way possible. Even if you’re not a Member, you still have access to our content.

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