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Hate Hurts_ Lavrion Refugee Camp
For many families in Lavrion, a refugee camp about 40 Kilometers from Athens, life is at a standstill. After perilous journeys, painful separations and memories, they are hoping for a better life. The camp is primarily home to people of Turkish and Kurdish origin and many in fact have reached it through a journey that saw them crossing the Maritsa River from Turkey. Some had been in Turkey for a while but the conditions were so devastating that led them to leave again. Families including children were working for many hours, with very little pay, often beaten or maltreated. In light of these stories, it is rather difficult to imagine that the refugee in Lavrion have been suspected to be involved in terrorist activities. The camp has been raided more than once by the Greek police on the line that the occupants may belong to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front/Party (DHKP/C) and involved in terrorist activities. Continuous discussions between the governments of Turkey and Greece on the closure of the camp and the control of its population is still ongoing.