After walking 37 nights in the mountains of Greece, a Kurdish refugee’s feet had swollen so much that they no longer fit in her shoes. She also had a skin infection, as did one of her children.
The woman, her husband and their two children initially had fled to Turkey from Iran, where the government oppresses Kurds. Without legal documents of any kind, they had to leave Turkey and arrived at a native ministry’s offices in Greece hurting and exhausted, the ministry leader said.
“They had been walking at night and sleeping during the day, hiding in the mountains,” the leader said. “They were told that if they got arrested, they would be pushed back into Turkey.”
“Her husband said he had to carry her in his arms many times because she had been exhausted during their long journey.”
The children appeared to be about 10 or 11 years old, she said.
“The woman’s feet were swollen because of the walking,” she said. “Her husband while narrating their story broke down and, between sobs, said that he had to carry her in his arms many times because she had been exhausted during their long journey.”
Overcoming the Impossible
The mother had pustules on much of her skin, and her son had them on his back. One of the ministry’s interpreters, a former refugee, said the same infection formed on him when he had spent time in detention in Turkey.
Ministry workers made breakfast for the family, gave them clean clothes, and provided food for them to cook at the house where they would cram into a single, rented room. Workers also managed to find a hospital with an emergency dermatologist, and the mother and son began taking medicines and receiving treatment, the leader said.
For continued medical care, housing and all other services, however, the refugees needed to register for asylum, and they didn’t have the necessary documents from border police to do that. Ministry workers told them their only hope was to seek help at a refugee camp – even though it accepted only registered asylum seekers.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
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