Hundreds of migrants board the wagons at Eidomeni Railway Station every day. They try to find a way to cross into Northern Macedonia but most are arrested and deported to Greece., while few will succeed.
Loaded with the few immigrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan walk on the railways, just outside Eidomeni. The image looks like it takes us back to 2015. Maybe that's why residents are afraid of that, unless timely action is taken, they can relive the tragic situations of the past.
The flows of migrants arriving in the area in order to cross the border line, are constantly growing. They are hidden among crops, in abandoned houses and wagons. And when they get the message from the traffickers - usually their compatriots- attempt to cross the fence to reach some of the Central European countries.
Στον Σιδηροδρομικό σταθμό δύο μετανάστες πηδούν τις ράγες προκειμένου να πάνε στο χωριό. Mohammed speaking to ThessToday.gr είπε ότι βρίσκεται στην Ελλάδα εδώ και δέκα μήνες. With a friend he tried to find a passage that would lead them to the "land of promise". He did not succeed and now all he wants is to go to Polykastro and then to Thessaloniki. With the little English he knows he tries to explain how tired he is and that his legs are full of blisters from walking. Suffering and frustration can be seen on his face.
Abdul is 20 years old from Afghanistan. Εμφανίστηκε ξαφνικά πάνω στις σιδηροδρομικές ράγες και κατευθύνθηκε στο χωριό για να βρει νερό και φαγητό. Shortly afterwards he returned to the trains, where hundreds of immigrants gather daily.
Walking on a dirt road in Eidomeni, συναντήσαμε τον Yusuf ο οποίος μόλις είχε βγει μέσα από ένα πέρασμα καλυμμένο από μεγάλα και ξερά χόρτα. All he said was that he wanted to go to Germany.
Immigrants wash their hands and bathe in taps, while in various parts of the village they have thrown clothes and objects.
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The residents of Eidomeni are scared, because lately they find that there is an increase in immigrants moving to their area. Outraged, most talk about the damage they are doing to their crops and property while expressing fears that a "new" Eid could be set up..
The president of the local community of Eidomeni, Blonde Soupli stated in ThessToday.gr ότι το τελευταίο δίμηνο αντιμετωπίζουν πολλά προβλήματα από τους μετανάστες που έρχονται στην Ειδομένη. "We are very afraid that a new Eidomeni will not be created because the number of immigrants every day is very large.. We have seen up to 200 people a day. We are very afraid ", he said characteristically.
"Immigrants have camped in Eidomeni and are causing us a lot of damage, mainly to the pumping station. Although we have plugged them in to charge their cell phones, they cause us a lot of damage by breaking the walls and the locks. They turn down the switches because they are disturbed by the noise and sleep inside the pumping station. Because they lower the security, our villages are left without water. They damage crops and fields, as they cut the corn to find something to eat. They get everything,what can they do to make their life in Eidomeni smoother ”, explained Mrs.. Plaster.