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At the end of January, a Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) team arrived in Athens, Greece, to start an exploratory mission into areas along refugee migration routes in Europe. Stay tuned for weekly updates from staff as they move around Greece and share their findings of the current situation there.

Here, NP Middle East team director Tiffany Easthom explains the mission’s aims and the photo:
“The mission will assess the protection concerns refugees and migrants face as they travel into and across Europe and the Balkans, and explore ways NP’s approach could help reduce violence and protect the most vulnerable in this context.

Pictured here is Victoria Square, a frequent stop for many refugees transiting through Athens on their way to other locations in Europe. Several times a day, buses leave from near the square to Idomeni, a village in northern Greece. From there, refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan cross the border into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), while refugees and migrants from other countries are turned away, leaving many vulnerable to abuse and exploitation."

More information on Nonviolent Peaceforce Middle East coming soon!