Being stuck in Greek camp is ‘like suicide’
Nejebar fled Afghanistan with her family after the Taliban threatened to kill anyone who worked for the government, like her husband, Noor.
Imagine how they had felt when the Taliban carried out that threat on another family member, taking out his eyes before killing him.
After a punishing two-month journey, Nejebar and her family found themselves in Greece in a makeshift camp with just a flimsy tent for shelter. And with borders across Europe closed, their future is uncertain.
Noor describes their initial reaction to arriving there: ‘It was like suicide for us. But we took the decision that it is better to die here than to die there from war.’
But right now, 54,700 refugees are living in Greece. Many of them, such as Nejebar, are forced to live in makeshift camps without even basic amenities like water.
With nowhere to prepare food, and nothing to cook with, every day is a struggle. And with many countries continuing to close their doors to refugees, Nejebar and her children don’t know when – or if – this struggle will end.
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Nejebar is the rock at the centre of her family, holding them together throughout all this uncertainty.
Despite her meagre circumstances, she has also welcomed brothers Faraidoon (22) and Farzad (13) into her home – they don’t know where their parents are or if they’re even alive.
Nejebar says: ‘We still have some hope for our children’s future. We only want a peaceful life. We want our children to go to school. The most important thing is our children.’
Refugees like Nejebar deserve better than this. Please give generously this Christian Aid Week, so we can build a world where everybody has a safe place to call home.