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Greece 2017

The Souda Refugee Camp was located at the edge of the Aegean Sea in downtown Chios, which was ordinarily a popular tourist destination. The camp was staged there out of necessity – there was a few acres of public land available alongside the historic Chios Fort when refugees began to flow into Chios. The Souda camp residents had convenient access to downtown Chios’s shops, services and public spaces to distract from the stagnation of living in a refugee camp. It is important to note that stagnation is often interrupted by moments of terror, fear, despair, anger, anguish and sometimes happiness. Souda was closed down in January 2018 and all detainees were moved into the Vial refugee camp, elsewhere in Greece or, for a very few people, to another country.

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