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.

Zaman is 34 years old, from Iraq. Forced to leave his country, he went through a thousand waves until he found himself in Greece, where he arrived last October with his wife and three children, while, just 15 days ago, his wife gave birth to their fourth child here.

The family are beneficiaries of the program “Supporting persons likely to be in need of international protection, to access protective services and legal assistance” which is implemented by the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) and CEAR ((Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado) with funding from the Municipality of Madrid.

They told me “go now, you re free, you can leave. Go downstairs and leave…” At first I went to the sea. I stayed there for a while. To feel the air. It has been a lot of months since I last saw the sea. Then, I didn’t know where to go. I came back again. 

“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. 

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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