When I walked into his tent in Souda migrants’ camp on the shores of Chios island in Greece, I was struck by his first gesture: to offer me fruits, tea, and water. I didn’t even know his name yet.
Hadiye went to see a doctor in the camp about his anxieties. “They gave me Panadol,” he told me. He is keen to speak with a psychologist, as are so many asylum seekers I spoke to across Greece this week. They have witnessed and experienced so much trauma in their home countries, but continue to struggle now. There is a massive need for psychosocial support, but people are not getting it. Greek authorities and the UN refugee agency should consult with aid workers to identify why access to this support is so poor, and fix it.
Hadiye regrets putting his family through so much. “We need to have a human life,” he told me, with pain in his eyes. “But these are not human conditions here.”