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Flooding adds to misery of migrants stuck on the Greek-Macedonian border

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By Seamus Kearney
Flooding adds to misery of migrants stuck on the Greek-Macedonian border

<p>Bad weather is adding to the misery of thousands of migrants blocked at the Greek-Macedonian border.</p> <p>Heavy rain has flooded parts of the makeshift camp where up to 12,000 people have sought refuge.</p> <p>Children and the elderly are among those living in cold and difficult conditions at the Idomeni camp.</p> <p>Syrian migrant Intisar Ali, who is nine-months pregnant, said: “This is full of water, so the people come here, and seven persons, and our bucket is full of water, so it’s so cold. </p> <p>“And you see our clothes, all of this full of water because we didn’t have a place.”</p> <p>Those affected by the flooding have tried to salvage what they can of their few possessions.</p> <p>Another migrant, Taha from Aleppo in Syria said: “You can swim and sleep at the same time.”</p> <p>Only a handful of migrants are being let through the border every day, causing a long agonising wait for those seeking asylum.</p> <p>The images here are coming to symbolise the migrant crisis in Europe and the failure to find adequate solutions. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Greece?src=hash">#Greece</a>: Thousands trapped at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Idomeni?src=hash">#Idomeni</a> border crossing <a href="https://t.co/hvzxDYo2sC">https://t.co/hvzxDYo2sC</a> <a href="https://t.co/71FWHaBoyh">pic.twitter.com/71FWHaBoyh</a></p>— <span class="caps">MSF</span> International (@MSF) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSF/status/705716973582176256">March 4, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Idomeni?src=hash">#Idomeni</a>: families are spending their 10th day w/o proper shelter. More support is urgently needed. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProtectHumanity?src=hash">#ProtectHumanity</a> <a href="https://t.co/yYiy2Wylao">pic.twitter.com/yYiy2Wylao</a></p>— <span class="caps">IFRC</span> (@Federation) <a href="https://twitter.com/Federation/status/704771763385847809">March 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We met Eizeddin from Syria. He's w/ his family who are sleeping in tents waiting near the Idomeni border in Greece. <a href="https://t.co/X4oo9v5PSe">pic.twitter.com/X4oo9v5PSe</a></p>— UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) <a href="https://twitter.com/Refugees/status/705074517941620736">March 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It's No Surprise That Chaos Broke Out In Idomeni <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/refugee?src=hash">#refugee</a> camp <a href="https://t.co/WR3BUdgwJN">https://t.co/WR3BUdgwJN</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/TheWorldPost"><code>TheWorldPost</a></p>&mdash; Save the Children US (</code>SavetheChildren) <a href="https://twitter.com/SavetheChildren/status/704761941995208704">March 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Situation deteriorates in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Idomeni?src=hash">#Idomeni</a> as thousands are stranded without food, water & basic supplies. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProtectHumanity?src=hash">#ProtectHumanity</a> <a href="https://t.co/4Qicowck8X">pic.twitter.com/4Qicowck8X</a></p>— <span class="caps">IFRC</span> (@Federation) <a href="https://twitter.com/Federation/status/704707115861073921">March 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Drone footage from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Idomeni?src=hash">#Idomeni</a>, near Greece's border, where thousands of migrants and refugees are stuck. No words. <a href="https://t.co/wCTJZdGKKj">pic.twitter.com/wCTJZdGKKj</a></p>— The Greek Analyst (@GreekAnalyst) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreekAnalyst/status/705111957683249152">March 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>