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In Greece, A Migrant’s Dream Of Walking Is Set Back By Fire

Migrants carry their belongings as they flee a highway main from Moria to the capital of Mytilene, on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. A Greek police operation is underway on the island of Lesbos to maneuver 1000’s of migrants and refugees left homeless after a fireplace destroyed their overcrowded camp, into a brand new facility on the island. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Ayoub Husseinis battle to outlive and dream of strolling once more in the future have taken a sudden and merciless flip for the more serious.

  • Associated Press
  • Last Updated: September 17, 2020, 4:48 PM IST


MORIA, Greece: Ayoub Husseinis battle to outlive and dream of strolling once more in the future have taken a sudden and merciless flip for the more serious.

An Afghan asylum-seeker, he’s paralyzed from the waist down however made it to the Greek island of Lesbos in February with the assistance of his youthful brother Iesa. He carries the hope of discovering the therapy he wants in Europe.

But the pair, each of their 20s, have been left homeless after fires final week destroyed Greeces largest refugee camp. The web site at Moria on the east of the island is notorious for overcrowded and poor residing circumstances. It housed greater than 12,000 folks.

Ayoub Husseini spends his days propped up in a makeshift wheelchair in opposition to the wall on the terrace of an deserted constructing, a winter blanket nailed to a submit to shade him from temperatures nonetheless reaching 30 levels Celsius (mid-80s Fahrenheit).

A development accident he suffered in Iran 5 years in the past additionally left him unable to talk. In a peaceful and soft-spoken voice, Iesa describes their journey to Greece from Iran that spanned some 3,000 kilometers (1,850 miles).

Parts of the journey have been made by bus, and on vehicles the place they sat amongst items being hauled by Turkey. Afghans they met on the highway helped carry Ayoub on a folded blanket.

They nonetheless depend on the kindness of different asylum seekers largely fellow Hazaras, a traditionally persecuted ethnic minority in Afghanistan.

He wants a minimum of two to 3 folks to assist him to go to the bathroom or take a bathe, says Iesa Husseini, who spoke in Dari to the Associated Press by an interpreter.

The closest supply of fresh water is now Three kilometers (2 miles) away, whereas hopes of being moved off the island have once more been set again.

They havent transferred us. They informed us we first must have an interview (to assert asylum). It was presupposed to occur quickly, on Oct. 2.

The Greek military has arrange a brand new camp close to Moria, however the fee of switch has been slowed by the necessity for strict COVID-19 screening in addition to resistance from some migrants who worry they could possibly be detained for years.

The fires at Moria have added urgency to a debate within the European Union which is in search of to beat divisions amongst member states and overhaul migration coverage, after a number of years of stalemate, to ease the burden on frontier states like Greece.

Its some comfort for Iesa and Ayoub Husseini, who maintain medical information meticulously saved in plastic binders however who’ve thus far been unable to obtain something past fundamental therapy.

This poor man is totally paralyzed, Iesa says, his brother. He can’t transfer or discuss. He doesnt have something. ___ Follow Mier at

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