Migrants face ‘living hell’ in Greek detention

Migrants and asylum-seekers detained in Greece are being forced to endure deplorable conditions, often with devastating effects on their health, according to a report from aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Doctors who have attended internment camps, police stations and coastguard facilities around the country described “a living hell” for thousands of immigrants denied fresh air, natural light and basic sanitation.

In one detention camp in Komotini, not far from the Turkish border, doctors saw human excrement seeping through cracked pipes between the building’s floors. Full report

Photograph: ZUMA/REX

36-year-old Michael poses by an abandoned open-air cinema in central Athens. Michael worked as a hotel clerk for over 15 years but when the hotel closed he was unable to find work and in late 2011 became homeless. Two months later he was diagnosed with lymph node and thyroid cancer. He now lives outside a church.

The Athens-based Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis spent several weeks documenting homeless people in and around the Greek capital. With unemployment recently rising to over 25% following the financial crisis of 2009, there has been a significant rise in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets

Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Workers gather during the general strike protest. Police use teargas and demonstrators throw molotov cocktails as nationwide general strike takes place in Greece to protest against austerity measures Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
A woman walks past a closed shop plastered with election campaign posters for the Democratic Left party and Syriza in central Athens. Pictures of Greece preparing for a crucial election Photograph: John Kolesidis/Reuters
A striking mural contrasts with the harsh struggle of an immigrant collecting recyclable items in Athens. Immigrants are facing particularly troubling times due to Greece’s economic hardships often facing beatings, insults and exclusion Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

There are four suspects – all of them involved in the spectacular boom that preceded what will unfortunately prove to be an even more remarkable bust.

Credit: Kipper Williams

Kipper Williams cartoon: Greeks withdraw €3bn in 10 days

And from our live coverage of the crisis in Greece:

$1,000,000,000,000. That’s the cost of a disorderly, badly managed Greek exit from the eurozone, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Read on if you dare…

Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Supporters of the Greek Communist party (KKE) listen to a pre-election speech by its general secretary, Aleka Papariga, in Athens. The upcoming Greek general election will take place on 6 May.

Members of our Greece - life in an economic crisis Flickr group have been sharing their views on what the elections mean to them.

Helena Smith, the Guardian’s Greece correspondent, will be online from 2pm BST/4pm EEST to answer your questions about the forthcoming elections in Greece. Add you questions as a comment on this thread.


Astounding stereographic projection by Greek photographer Chris Kotsiopoloulos combines 24 hours into a single panoramic photograph.

We like to show our 24 hours in pictures in a gallery, but this is pretty nice too

(via npr)