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Rudaw

Yezidi refugees in Greece have not escaped fear

By Rudaw 5/12/2017
Yezidis at Serres refugee camp in northern Greece still live in fear. They were brought to the camp after violence in another part of Greece. 

"[The Arabs] threatened to kill us. They hunted us down with knives and clubs. We had to hide in a forest to save our lives," refugee Hondeta told AFP. "After that, we asked to be given a safe place for our families and we ended up here together."

They have blocked Greek efforts to shelter other refugees in the camp and have asked authorities to dedicate the camp solely for Yezidis, AFP reported. 

Some 350 Yezidis are living in the camp that can accommodate 700. They are waiting to be relocated to other parts of Europe.

As many as 100,000 Yezidis have migrated abroad since August 2014, according to official figures.

Around 200,000, or about half of the Yezidi population in Iraq, fled into the Kurdistan Region or Syria in 2014. Many still remain in camps in Duhok province.

Shingal fell to ISIS in August 2014. It was liberated by the Peshmerga in November 2015.

Photos: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP


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