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Monday, June 27, 2016


Confusion Reigns On Lesbos As Greece Copes With Migrant Bottleneck

Published 1 March 2016


Rubber dinghies continue to arrive in Lesbos even as Macedonia tightens its border controls. Migrants and locals alike ponder whether the rugged agricultural island may turn into a holding camp for stranded people. The mayor's office says the island's fate is in the hands of smugglers in Turkey. RFE/RL photographer Amos Chapple is on Lesbos and sent in these images. (Read more here.)

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Syrian refugee Daoud Daoud, 20 (center), raises his gloved hands in triumph as his boat arrives on the beach at Lesbos, Greece.

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Syrian refugee Daoud Daoud, 20, after arriving safely on Lesbos. "We wanted to leave before NATO would close the path," the 20-year-old told RFE/RL once he was ashore on February 28. "We would rather cross in the summer, but we crossed in winter because NATO has decided to close the way."

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Refugees arriving on Greek island Lesbos on February 26.

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An unidentified migrant woman, who is pregnant, is treated by medical personnel after arriving on the Greek island Lesbos on February 26.

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Pakistani men sit outside their tent in an improvised refugee camp near Moria village, Lesbos.

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Two Afghan men walk through olive trees on the edge of an improvised refugee camp near Moria Village, Lesbos.

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Nazmi Jolak, a Syrian Kurdish farmer, plays his saz after landing on the coast of Lesbos as the refugee boat he arrived on is dismantled behind him. The 52-year-old refugee from Aleppo carried the instrument,wrapped in plastic, across the sea. He is now hoping to join his son in Dortmund, Germany.

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Lesbos's Statue of Liberty looks toward the Greek mainland as a ferry containing migrants steams toward Athens.