Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fleeing war, Syrians face new misery in Greece

Syrian shopkeeper Osama fled the fighting in Aleppo convinced he would be welcomed in Europe. Five months later, he is stuck in near-bankrupt Greece, where money and sympathy are scarce.

Beaten up and robbed by traffickers when they arrived in Athens, Osama, his wife and two children were arrested as illegal immigrants and thrown into detention when they recounted their ordeal to Greek police. Ordered out of Greece but without any place to go, he rues the day he set foot in the country.

"All our hope is now in God. There is a war in Syria and the country has been destroyed," said the 35-year-old as he sat in a dingy Athens basement apartment with a Syrian flag on the wall.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/10/us-greece-syria-idUSBRE92907920130310