Migrants face Ramadan challenge in Greece

2016-06-10 10:12
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Schisto - Muslim migrants in Greece are facing a tough time in a refugee camp that houses 1 700 of all ages.

Previously a disused army base in Athens's industrial zone, Schisto has about 700 who are fasting.

Expecting twins in a few months, Shahnaz Sadat is not obliged to fast for Ramadan, but stuck in the migrant camp, she'd be hard put to even if she wanted to.

Bathroom sink

"Every night, every time the food is potato. But we can't eat it," said the 22-year-old, who is four months pregnant.

"How can we follow the Ramadan with this food? Food is not good. Especially for women, for children, for pregnant women, for all of them," she said.

And for drinking water, they have to queue at the bathroom sink, she said.

No figures are currently available for the other camps housing over 45 000 people who became trapped in Greece when Balkan nations began shutting their borders to migrants in February.

Greek officials say those fasting are given their sundown meal together with the pre-dawn meal, which they can pack away and eat at their discretion.

"There is a concerted effort to deal with a situation whose scale is unprecedented in Greece," a government source said.

Nutritional value

An official menu provided to the media includes beans, pasta, rice, chicken, chickpeas, peas, eggs, boiled potato and fruit.

"We checked this with migrant communities and with religion experts from the education ministry," the government official said.

"Clear instructions have been sent to camp overseers on the topic...we are providing high nutrition value food that can also be kept out of the fridge," the official added.


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