Refugees in Greece show solidarity with Brussels

Refugees on Greek-Macedonian border express solidarity and sympathy to Brussels after Tuesday's deadly terrorist attack

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A boy holds a placard expressing sympathy for the victims of the terror attacks in Brussels during a protest at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on March 22, 2016

Refugees in a camp, at the Greek-Macedonian border, showed their sympathy to Brussels’ victims following the bomb attacks on Tuesday that killed over 30 people.

The refugees held a small sit-in protest at the camp, holding signs and chanting. A young boy held a sign reading "Sorry for Brussels."

The protest was part of the bigger issue of the refugees waiting at the Idomeni border to continue their Journey into Europe.

Most of the refugees are fleeing war from Syria and Afghanistan and follow a route through Europe, hoping to resettle.

"I am really sorry and everybody here feels sorry who knows about what happened, they feel sorry about what happened in Brussels. You know we ran out of Syria and Iraq because of the same reasons, we left our countries, our hometowns because of the same reasons, because of ISIS [DAESH], because of the suicide bombers, so I think we share the same destiny," Syrian refugee Ala said.

Some refugees fear that the Brussels attack may impact their hope to resettle into European countries.

Wesam, a Syrian refuge, from the historical Syrian city of Palmyra is one of them.

"What happened today in Belgium is so bad for us, especially for us, maybe they will be more afraid of us, maybe they will make things harder for people here," she said.

The numbers of refugees waiting at the Greek-Macedonian border exceeds 12,000 people, hoping to continue their journey as the border remains closed.

Macedonia closed its border with Greece, in late January, to stem the influx entering the country, leaving the refugees stranded in dangerous winter conditions.

TRTWorld and agencies