The entry on Tuesday featured the story of 82 year old Panagiota Vasileiadou from Idomeni, Greece. She shelters refugees in her small house, cooks for them and gives them the affection they so desperately need. There are other stories to be told about how refugees are treated on the Balkans. They aren’t so nice.

I’ve dubbed Panagiotas story, told by the UNHCR, „A True Balkan Story“ and I stand by that. You can and will find much hospitality and compassion on the Balkans, especially for people in need.

The people of the island of Lesvos/Lesbos bear witness to that and so do thousands of refugee helpers of and in Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia.

The videos you are about to see here tell two other stories that are also true. Unfortunately.

The situation seems to escalate in Bulgaria in particular as Bulgarian-German Journalist Rayna Breuer illustrates on her blog (for German speakers).


Title photo: (c) Betty Martin