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What will ‘Fortress Europe’ have in store for Syrian refugees if they cross the border? | Amnesty International

By Giorgos Kosmopoulos, Amnesty’s Campaigner on Greece

Activists across Europe are protesting today against how people fleeing war and poverty are being treated at the EU border. One protester, Inaam, is a Syrian refugee living in Greece. She worries about her relatives still living in Syria. But she is also afraid of what might happen to them if they make it to the gate of ‘Fortress Europe’.

She speaks Greek perfectly, clearly and with confidence. Inaam, 32, has lived in Athens since 2006. Her mother and brother are with her, but three of her sisters and their families are still in Syria. She follows the news closely.

“Every time I see a new image of the war, I rush to call them to calm myself down, to see if they are alive,” Inaam tells me. Their hometown, Al-Rakka in northern Syria, has been ravaged by violence.

For more on this story, visit: Calling Syria to check my family is alive | Amnesty’s global human rights blog.

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