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Pushbacks in Greece The Turkish Woman Who Fled Her Country only To Get Sent Back

Ayşe Erdoğan was persecuted in Turkey as an alleged follower of the Gülen movement. The young teacher fled to Greece to seek refuge. This is how she wound up back in a Turkish prison.
Ayşe Erdoğan, a math teacher from Turkey, fled to Greece to apply for asylum. Instead, she was apprehended and returned to the Turkish side of the border.

Ayşe Erdoğan, a math teacher from Turkey, fled to Greece to apply for asylum. Instead, she was apprehended and returned to the Turkish side of the border.

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"We are hiding near Nea Vyssa in fear of pushback."

Ayşe Erdoğan

Where Europe ends: A view of the Evros River from the Greek side of the border.

Where Europe ends: A view of the Evros River from the Greek side of the border.

Alkis Konstantinidis/ REUTERS

"There are no pushbacks on the Evros."

Greek police spokesperson

Tens of thousands of pushbacks? Masked Greek police patrol the area near the Turkish border looking for migrants.

Tens of thousands of pushbacks? Masked Greek police patrol the area near the Turkish border looking for migrants.

AP/dpa

Ayşe Erdoğan's desperate messages to her brother and the rest of the world

Ayşe Erdoğan's desperate messages to her brother and the rest of the world

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A militarized zone: There are two Greek watchtowers on the left as well as a Turkish one on the right.

A militarized zone: There are two Greek watchtowers on the left as well as a Turkish one on the right.

Alkis Konstantinidis/ REUTERS

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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