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Stranded refugees struggle to keep hope alive on Greek-Macedonian border

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Stranded refugees struggle to keep hope alive on Greek-Macedonian border

<p>The fate of thousands of men, women and children stuck at the closed Greek-Macedonian crossing is in the balance as EU leaders again discussed the migrant crisis on Thursday.</p> <p>And for the refugees and migrants in the squalid Idomeni tent camp, this is more than a political decision or a story for the media. This is about their lives.</p> <p>“They have to solve this issue for us, they have to,” says Mohammed from Aleppo.</p> <p>“We don’t want them to take pictures of us and put us in newspapers just to remind people that we exist. We don’t exist anymore. We are finished. Now we are finished.”</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Meet Hassan, he's 25 and a law student from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Syria?src=hash">#Syria</a>. After weeks at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Idomeni?src=hash">#Idomeni</a> he is rapidly losing hope. <a href="https://t.co/LhK54VY3oq">pic.twitter.com/LhK54VY3oq</a></p>— MSF Sea (@MSF_Sea) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSF_Sea/status/710472517224427520">17 mars 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>As sanitary conditions deteriorate, Greek medical teams are vaccinating those in close contact with a Syrian girl who was diagnosed with Hepatitis A.</p> <p>Sent back to the camp after giving birth to her baby in hospital, 19-year-old Shukria al Baker from Idlib asked EU leaders to “be merciful for the children here” and to ‘let us in’.</p> <p>“There are children dying. Thank God my daughter wasn’t affected. But there were children with me in the hospital who are dying because of the conditions here,” she said.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Idomeni?src=hash">#Idomeni</a> camp is squalid. There are no other words for it. The 12,000 men, women & kids living here need <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DignityNOW?src=hash">#DignityNOW</a> <a href="https://t.co/Miouc2pc92">pic.twitter.com/Miouc2pc92</a></p>— MSF Sea (@MSF_Sea) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSF_Sea/status/710427129079570432">17 mars 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>At least 10,000 people, mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, are estimated to be in Idomeni, with over 45,000 more stuck at ports and camps across Greece as countries along the so-called Balkan route close their borders to the flow of migrants hoping to reach Western Europe.</p>