Frozen lives in Tabanovtsé

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Visiting the Tabanovtsé refugee camp at the Macedonian – Serbian Border. Listen to this testimony of a Macedonian colleague of mine:

It is heartbreaking,

the lives of the refugees here are frozen

for months, for years.

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They are numbers,

live in containers,

separated from the rest of us,

moving freely is illegal for them.

Closed borders.

Push-backs.

Sometimes, at night, I weep for them…

Being a refugee is difficult. Being a refugee in Europe, undergoing European politics, is more than just difficult: it is deeply humiliating. One feels annihilated. And we – you, me, the Macedonian helpers – we witness all this and feel powerless, as if our hands were tied.