Eko Gas Station ‘wild camp’ closed down

CTBI group on a visit to Greece to assess the new Syrian refugee crisis which is unfolding in the country. Pictured is the 'wild' camp at the Eko Gas station which was originally just a stop off point on the way to the Macadonian border but since the border closed early March, it has become a semi-permanent camp.

CTBI group on a visit to Greece to assess the new Syrian refugee crisis which is unfolding in the country. Pictured is the ‘wild’ camp at the Eko Gas station which was originally just a stop off point on the way to the Macadonian border but since the border closed early March, it has become a semi-permanent camp.

Over the last few weeks, Focus on Refugees has been relaying stories and reflections from the group of twelve women from churches across Britain and Ireland who visited refugees and camps in Greece at the end of May.

Many of the recollections centred around the Eko Gas Station camp.

Reports from news organisations and NGOs state that this informal ‘wild camp’ – which at one point had housed 3,000 refugees – was cleared by authorities last week, with people moved to official camps and registration centres.

Father holding young son with wife - Anne BrowseFamilies around the Eko Gas Station welcomed the CTBI team with hospitality, refreshment. They patiently explained their reasons for leaving their homes and outlined their long journeys to Greece.

We pray for its residents, many families with young children, on this next – enforced – stage of their journey.

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