Ali Al Ibrahim fled Syria with his wife and their 4 children after their house was destroyed in a bombing. His children became terrified by the sounds of airplanes flying overhead. They survived the journey through Turkey and the perilous crossing to Greece in a dinghy only to arrive at the Greek-Macedonia border right after it had been permanently closed. They spent several months at the Idomeni border camp with 10,000 refugees. During this time their 5th child was born and a photographer snapped a photo of Ali and his wife bathing their newborn daughter in the wintertime outside their tent- this photo went viral as a testament of the inhumane conditions refugees faced in Greece. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/newborn-baby-idomeni-photo_us_56e311cfe4b065e2e3d5dc30
The family was later transferred to Oreokastro camp, a former tobacco factory converted into a refugee camp. Widely recognized as one of the worst camps in Greece, Oreokastro has no electricity and no running water. The family’s asylum case was sent to Latvia and rejected and now they are requesting asylum in Greece. The children are desperately cold in their unheated tent and they are requesting room and board in an apartment until their asylum interview in July. Their son also suffers from an eye-condition that requires surgery, but they were not able to get the surgery in Syria due to the war.
Rent (and deposit) – $550 x 6 months
Food stipend – $330 x 6 months
Other expenses (realtor fee, bus fees, etc) – $528
Total (USD): $5808