Sahar and her son Arshia (11) sit on a park bench in Athens, Greece. They have been in Greece since October of 2016, and since that time have been trying to obtain adequate support.
“My husband and several family members perished in an accident three and a half years ago. Ever since then, the government has been trying to take my son away from me and give custody to my late husband’s family. I had to flee my country with him in order to avoid losing my son. We traveled by plane to Istanbul, Turkey, and from there we spent three to four days walking through the jungle to Greece.”
Both Sahar and Arshia suffer from asthma as well as anxiety due to their past traumas, and Arshia also struggles with tonsil issues. They need a place to live and support to get through the next few months.
Rent (and deposit) – $385 x 6 months
Deposit – $220
Food stipend – $275 x 6 months
Utilities – $110 x 6 months
Misc. Expenses – $462
Total (USD): $5302