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CITY PLAZA HOTEL

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    Refugees who live at the occupied City Plaza Hotel wait to get their documents allowing them to continue the journey to other countries in Europe, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    Volunteers fixes a leaking roof at City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    Refugee boy looks at the cityscape at City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    Twenty-year-old Afghan refugee Rozia Aghra in her hotel room, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    Refugee boy cleans the kitchen with volunteers at City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    Refugees who live at the occupied City Plaza Hotel wait to get their documents allowing them to continue the journey to other countries in Europe, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    Refugee boy catches rain in his hands on the balcony at City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    Refugee men play football near the basketball court in Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    Refugee children watch cartoon in City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
City Plaza Hotel

Many inhabitants have gathered in the hotel restaurant. Children are playing. Young people and adults are on line, looking at their phones while waiting for food. These are the luckiest residents of the City Plaza Hotel in downtown Athens. An off-white, seven-story building with jutting balconies houses up to 400 refugees, with regular meals and activities for children.

Room 408. Twenty-six-year-old Saiid Aghra tells his story. It’s a story which many other refugees share. He escaped from Afghanistan with his twenty-year-old wife Rozia and two children, three-year-old Zara and one-year-old Kayza. They went first to Iran, then to Turkey and then finally to Greece.

Saiid worked for the army until things went bad. He decided to leave the country with his family. They’re one of the families from all 61,000 migrants, who are still scattered across Greece. The camps are overcrowded and around 2,500 more refugees are still arriving each month.

Some of the refugees have been waiting seven months in Greece to get the documents to continue the journey in Europe.

This is a work in progress.

 

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