Ahead of a UK exhibition of her photo series Journey in the Death Boat, Güliz Vural describes travelling with Syrians being smuggled to Greece from Turkey

by Amie Ferris-Rotman and Isabel Choat

Standing on a Turkish beach ready to join a group of Syrian refugees on an inflatable boat bound for Greece, the photojournalist Güliz Vural’s biggest fear was that the people traffickers organising the illegal crossing would not let her onboard.

By Elisa Perrigueur, Vera Deleja- Hotko and Franziska Grillmeier and Katy Fallon
Published On 22 Oct 2021

Greece appears to be testing the limits of international laws by holding asylum seekers for lengthy periods and in poor conditions, Al Jazeera investigation finds.

Names marked with an asterisk have been changed to protect identities.

Kos, Greece – On the Greek island of Kos, in holiday season, tourists sip cocktails on the beach, music blares from loudspeakers and British holidaymakers can often be seen speeding around the main town on rented quad bikes.

But a 20-minute drive from the seafront bars and clubs, the scene is starkly different.

Six athletes from the fields of swimming, athletics, canoeing and Taekwondo have been selected for the Refugee Paralympic Team at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The team announced by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Wednesday comprises one woman and five men, who have all excelled in their chosen sports.  Some were injured in war, and others experienced life-changing injuries or medical conditions while living in exile.

Opening on Friday at Foam Amsterdam is an exhibition of photographs taken by refugees inside the infamous Camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos. But the exhibition is far from exclusive, with new venues opening each week. DutchNews.nl finds out why Now You See Me Moria has museums breaking with convention.

Now You See Me Moria, a collection of 446 campaign posters displayed alongside photographs taken by migrants inside Europe’s largest refugee camp, has attracted 33k followers on Instagram and exhibited across Europe. But the Amsterdammer who made it all happen wants only to be known as Naomí. ‘I try to erase myself as much as possible,’ explains the photographer (41) originally from Barcelona.

A freshly installed camp outside the city of Termez counts up to 80 tents.

A tent city has been erected outside the southern Uzbekistan city of Termez, apparently in advance of an anticipated flow of refugees from bordering Afghanistan, large parts of which are currently gripped by fighting between government and Taliban forces, local residents have said.

Termez-based journalist Abror Kurbanmuradov, who on July 3 visited an area near the Hairaton border outpost, the only official crossing from Afghanistan, told Eurasianet that he was not permitted to view the tents, but that officials with the security services confirmed the presence of the camp.

For years, talk of sending asylum seekers to offshore facilities was seen as fringe in the United Kingdom.

But Home Secretary Priti Patel is pushing forward with legislation next week that would permit the U.K. to send refugees and migrants abroad for processing — a move similar to a law that Denmark passed in early June allowing it to send asylum seekers outside Europe while their applications are reviewed.

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