Photo Gallery: Refugee Hell on the Island of Samos
Foto: Socrates Baltagiannis
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Photo Gallery: Refugee Hell on the Island of Samos

'This Is Our Jungle' Abysmal Conditions for Refugees in the Greek Islands

The European Union claims that the refugee pact with Turkey has been a success. Yet asylum-seeker camps on Greek islands in the Aegean have transformed into prisons. Thousands of migrants live there in horrific conditions.
Von Steffen Lüdke, Giorgos Christides und Socrates Baltagiannis
Annick Toudji in "The Jungle" on the Greek island of Samos. The asylum-seekers receive three frozen meals a day. If they want something else, they have to buy it themselves.

Annick Toudji in "The Jungle" on the Greek island of Samos. The asylum-seekers receive three frozen meals a day. If they want something else, they have to buy it themselves.

Foto: Socrates Baltagiannis
Outside the main camp, there is a collection of rickety tents with no toilets or electricity, but plenty of cockroaches and rats. It's called "The Jungle."

Outside the main camp, there is a collection of rickety tents with no toilets or electricity, but plenty of cockroaches and rats. It's called "The Jungle."

Foto: Socrates Baltagiannis
Edna Abiabie, 24, and Emon Tabi, 23, live at the lower edge of "The Jungle," just a few minutes away from the town of Samos. They're both from Cameroon.

Edna Abiabie, 24, and Emon Tabi, 23, live at the lower edge of "The Jungle," just a few minutes away from the town of Samos. They're both from Cameroon.

Foto: Socrates Baltagiannis
Annick Toudji, 33, says she left Cameroon after rebels burned down her family's house, killed her parents and then raped her in the bush.

Annick Toudji, 33, says she left Cameroon after rebels burned down her family's house, killed her parents and then raped her in the bush.

Foto: Socrates Baltagiannis
This is the border between the official camp and "The Jungle." The barbed wire runs across the entire hillside.

This is the border between the official camp and "The Jungle." The barbed wire runs across the entire hillside.

Foto: Socrates Baltagiannis
Two men from Afghanistan setting up a tent. Not all migrants receive a tent when they arrive. Many span the tarps using sticks and boxes.

Two men from Afghanistan setting up a tent. Not all migrants receive a tent when they arrive. Many span the tarps using sticks and boxes.

Foto: Socrates Baltagiannis
Lawyer Emmanuel Chatzihalkias, 53, speaking with Annick Toudji.

Lawyer Emmanuel Chatzihalkias, 53, speaking with Annick Toudji.

Foto: Socrates Baltagiannis

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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