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The questionable safety in ‘safe zones’

Theoretically, “24-hour care and emergency protection” is provided to the unaccompanied minors in the safe zones of the refugee camps. But the cases that Solomon brings to light show that reality is often far from what is expected in theory.

“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?

“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.

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Snapshots from the days after the fire that burned Moria refugee camp

On September 9, massive fires destroyed Greece’s largest refugee camp leaving thousands of asylum seekers without shelter.

Labeled “immigrants”, two-thirds of Moria’s population actually have a refugee profile

The Greek government and major media outlets are presenting the victims of the fire at Moria camp as “immigrants”. However, according to our analysis, the majority will most likely be granted international protection.

“We are better off here, that place is like a prison”

The Greek government has been trying to relocate victims of the Moria fire to a new temporary shelter. Asylum seekers are reluctant to go there.

Name: Unknown – Cause of death: Drowning

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.

Fire in Moria camp

On March 16, 2020 a fire began in a container in the area of the Reception and Identification Center (RIC) of Moria. A 6-year-old child was found dead in the ashes.

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.

The chronicle of a dozen deaths foretold

The living conditions that asylum seekers endure at the Moria Reception and Identification Center on Lesvos have become infamous. Insiders who know about the inhospitable environment at the camp are not surprised by clashes which have turned deadly. Residents have persistently asked for more security.

/ 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.

“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”

“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.

“In Turkey there were 40 of us in a small, covered truck”

We met Raz in the afternoon of Sunday, January 21, 2020 at the We Need Books in Kipseli, Athens. He had gone to arrange Greek lessons, which he intended to start. “I am forced to. For my papers, for the language test. So as to bring my wife here,” he told me in fluent Greek.

/ THE VISUALS

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

Refugee camps in Greece

Refugee camps in Greece

In addition to the overcrowded Reception and Identification Centres (RIC) in the five Aegean islands, there are currently 27 more hosting structures for asylum seekers in the mainland of Greece.

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.

Refugee camps in Greece

Refugee camps in Greece

In addition to the overcrowded Reception and Identification Centres (RIC) in the five Aegean islands, there are currently 27 more hosting structures for asylum seekers in the mainland of Greece.

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.

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.

“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?

First rain in “Moria 2.0”

First rain in “Moria 2.0”

Almost a month after it was set up, this is how life was like in “Moria 2.0” on October 8th, after the first day of rain.

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.

“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?

First rain in “Moria 2.0”

First rain in “Moria 2.0”

Almost a month after it was set up, this is how life was like in “Moria 2.0” on October 8th, after the first day of rain.

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.

Vegan Christmas

We met Elisavet on Friday at noon, in downtown Athens at the vegan mini market/café that she’s owned with her partner Fotis since 2012.

I came to Greece for love

“My coming to Greece was not because of an economic or political situation. It was a decision of love”

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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