A plea for help for a Syrian asylum-seeker family in Greece stranded at the Macedonian border

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Migrant Tales gets emails from readers who want to tell their story. This is perfect for us since it is our aim “to be a voice for those whose views and situation are understood poorly and heard faintly by the media, politicians and public.”

Thulfiqar Abdulkarim is an Iraqi national who recently got asylum in Finland. He writes:

“Good day Mr. Enrique, I’m one of your followers on migrants tales, Dear sir I’ve a friend in Espoo he’s an asylum seeker from Syria, his family is on the border between Greece and Macedonia for days. And for that reason he is on hunger strike, and it’s s his third day. His health is becoming worse and worse, please mr Enrique how can you help him to deliver his voice and situation to the human groups and organizations or the media, to help his family, All the best, Thulfiqar”

We answered by publishing Abdulkarim’s story and pictures of his friend, who is on hunger strike and hope to be reunited with his family in Finland.

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The Syrian asylum seeker on hunger strike in Espoo.
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The children of the man are 10 and 5 years old. They arrived with their mother in Greece on February 25. The man has lost contact ith his family for three days.

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One of his children showing a picture he drew.
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Life in the refugee camp in the Policastro region in Greece is nothing to write home about.

Abdulkarim states that the mother and two children are in the Policastro region of Greece near the Macedonian border. There are thousands of people stranded and waiting to cross over to Macedonia.

“The mother has trouble getting food for the children,” he writes. “The youngest child suffers from a phobia of cops and soldiers that sometimes puts him in a coma. The child hasn’t forgotten when they lived in Syria and when the government and military arrested his father several times and tortured him.”

If you want to get in touch with Abdulkarim and show your support, please send an email to migranttalesblog@gmail.com.

I will forward your email to Abulkarim.

“The situation there’s so miserable and hard,” he continues. “The weather is cold and they don’t have enough clothes because they lost most of them when the came to Europe by sea. When it rains, the water seeps into the tents.”

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