Nahida: “My husband was building houses in a village near Bokmal, Syria and our situation was very good. We moved to a great new house in the early stages of the crisis, but then ISIS entered our village. It was a little dangerous for my daughters and we managed to get by but then ISIS decided to take our house because of its strategical position, so we had no other place to live. Due to the escalating violence we fled to Turkey. We stayed one month in Turkey in my brother’s house and then left to Greece. My husband had already made it to Austria, so now we are waiting for the reunification.”
Nahida and her family are living in a room at an Athens squat. She fears for her safety and the safety of her daughters as they are not allowed to lock the door and their squat is mostly inhabited by single men. There are also many drug addicts and aggressive anti-refugee activists in the neighborhood – recently the activists lit her squat on fire at 3AM while everyone was sleeping, and Natalia and her family had to run outside to escape.
Nahida went to many organizations and camps but could not secure a spot in any of them and then finally ended up at this squat. They receive one meal a day and aren’t allowed to use heaters/electricity because the building has faulty wiring. The family has been living in Greece for one year without a home.
Rent – $385 x 6 months
Food stipend – $330 x 6 months
Utilities – $110 x 6 months
Deposit – $220
Misc. Expenses – $462
Total (USD): $5632