You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

The Lives Of Children Stranded In Idomeni, Greece

ICE Graveyard 21/04/2016 Gil Bartz
IDOMENI © Gil Bartz IDOMENI

The makeshift refugee camp in Idomeni, on the Greek-Macedonian border, has become synonymous with despair. It has become a testament to Europe's poor handling of the refugee crisis.
Several thousand refugees remain stuck in the makeshift camp -- hoping the Macedonian border will reopen so they can continue their journey into central Europe. Among the refugees stranded in Idomeni are thousands of children.
I took the photos below to show the joy and courage that these children hold on to, even as their lives are plagued with uncertainty. I saw them fetching water, food and firewood for their families in the camp.
I often saw children staring into the distance, in a state of melancholy. But their difficult lives are punctuated with games, such as soccer. Despite the prevailing despair, such activities create an air of normality. I was incredibly impressed by their perseverance.
I left Idomeni with mixed feelings. No one knows what will happen over the next few days. The Greek government has repeatedly threatened to evacuate the camp.
This post first appeared on HuffPost Germany. It has been translated into English and edited for clarity.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon