Frozen lives in Tabanovtsé

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.


They are numbers,

live in containers,

separated from the rest of us,

moving freely is illegal for them.

Closed borders.


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.