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Greece 2018

The Vial Refugee Camp is located inland and is managed by the Greek military, which maintains tighter restrictions on movement of refugees and access by both NGOs and the public.  Located in a hilly region of the island and surrounded by olive groves and open fields, Vial in certain ways can best be described as out-of-sight, out-of-mind. The remote location eliminates the availability of shops and services. Residents are heavily dependent on the camp management for food, resources and most services. Living in a refugee camp, in a communal tent or container box, among thousands of strangers of different (and sometimes violently conflicted) nationalities, ethnicities and cultures, with limited food, medical services and other necessities, and being provided one 1.5-liter bottle of water per person per day, in 90+ degree weather, imposes countless indignities and hardships on individuals who had to flee their homelands due to conflict and persecution.  

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