The following testimonies are testimonies of people that left their country and sought protection in Greece. They were collected throughout all the years of GCR function, during interviews that took place by members of our Organization (which are conducted in order to identify the most suitable wait to assist these people).

These testimonies constitute stories of eternal relevance, as, despite the constant change of time and place, the reasons forcing people to uproot remain always the same.

These testimonies have been posted anonymously for protection reasons.

Μου είπαν "πήγαινε τώρα, είσαι ελεύθερος, μπορείς να φύγεις. Κατέβα κάτω και φύγε..." Πρώτα πήγα προς τη θάλασσα. Έκατσα εκεί για λίγη ώρα. Να με χτυπήσει ο αέρας. Πάνε πολλοί μήνες από τότε που έχω να δω θάλασσα. Μετά δεν ήξερα που να πάω. Ξαναγύρισα.

“My name is L. and I come from Belarus. In my country I was a teacher... In 2001 I was forced to leave with my daughter because I was scared for our life and freedom. 

“My name is S.K. and I am Christian. In Sudan I was working as a volunteer at my village’s Church until the day we were attacked by Muslims. On this day I saw many co-villagers of mine being shot before my very eyes, only because of the fact that they were Christians.

“ My name is A. and I am from Iran. I had to leave in order to escape. The authorities of my country arrested me because, together with a group of students, we were criticizing the government and the religion-centered educational system the latter implements in the universities. 

“My name is M.A. The military police of Turkey arrested me in 2000 because I am Kurdish. In prison I was detained locked in a basement cell for 28 days. 

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Δίκτυο Καταγραφής Περιστατικών Ρατσιστικής ΒίαςEuropean Council on Refugees and ExilesEuropean Network on StatelessnessSeperated Children in Europe ProgrammeEuro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network