Idomeni Camp Refugees Plead for Help as EU Leaders Meet on Migrant Crisis
IDOMENI, Greece — A Syrian mother stranded with her children in a squalid refugee camp insisted she still had hope of crossing the Greek border as leaders met Thursday in Brussels to discuss the migrant crisis.
Fatima Ahmad pleaded for help, saying she and her family are living like animals in the muddy, disease-ridden Idomeni camp that has sprung up next to the closed border crossing between Greece and Macedonia.
"We can't live like this," she told NBC News. "We need a room, a home... a warm bed. We need clean food, clean clothes."
Ahmad said life in sprawling camp was almost as miserable as the civil war that she fled with her husband and five children.
"In Syria we die quickly, but in this place we die slowly," she said, frustrated with the political paralysis that has gripped Europe as nations move to close their borders to the stem the tide of migrants. "We have nothing... just talking, talking, talking. Every government in Europe does nothing for us."