REFUGEE CHILDREN OF ELLINIKO

 

In December 2016, Elliniko Camp, an abandoned airport in Athens, was home to refugee children and their families who fled from Afghanistan and Iran. While the children's dreams are on hold, their lives continue as they learn Greek and play games with the staff of Faros, a local NGO. 

18 of the children agreed to be interviewed and have their hands photographed, alongside the Faros staff (names marked with a star*) who they see every day. 

Photography & Interviews by Talitha Brauer and Natalia O'Hara
Layout by Caroline Kimbro

 
 Ali, age 10, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Blue  Favourite food: Macaroni  Favourite sport: Football, Volleyball and Basketball  Wants to be: A Boxer

Ali, age 10, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite food: Macaroni

Favourite sport: Football, Volleyball and Basketball

Wants to be: A Boxer

Ali is very smart, he has a talent for languages, when he came he only knew a few words (of Greek) and now he understands so much, he is almost fluent and you have to be careful what you say in front of him! He can be very naughty, but if you tell him he is being naughty he won't get upset, and if he does get upset, he'll be over it in one minute.

- Simona, Faros staff

 Negar, age 13, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Blue and Red  Favourite part of camp: I don’t like anything in camp, I only want to leave. But I like Phaedra* and Mariana*, they are very good. And I like to watch TV.  Favourite subject: English  Wants to be: A Doctor   

Negar, age 13, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Blue and Red

Favourite part of camp: I don’t like anything in camp, I only want to leave. But I like Phaedra* and Mariana*, they are very good. And I like to watch TV.

Favourite subject: English

Wants to be: A Doctor

 

 Ali, age 10, Iran/ Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Red, Yellow, Blue  Favourite food: Spaghetti with Chicken  Favourite sport: My favourite sport is school, especially reading and writing.  Favourite part of camp: Phaedra* is my favourite thing at camp because every time I need it she lifts my spirits.

Ali, age 10, Iran/ Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Red, Yellow, Blue

Favourite food: Spaghetti with Chicken

Favourite sport: My favourite sport is school, especially reading and writing.

Favourite part of camp: Phaedra* is my favourite thing at camp because every time I need it she lifts my spirits.

 
 The sports facilities at the old Elliniko airport complex was converted into a camp for refugees. Athens, Greece. 12/2016.

The sports facilities at the old Elliniko airport complex was converted into a camp for refugees. Athens, Greece. 12/2016.

 Faize, age 9, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Blue  Favourite food: Macaroni  Favourite part of camp: Games with the other children, painting flowers, and playing guitar. Johanna*, Nikki*, Mariana*, Phaedra* – all the people.  Wants to be: A Doctor

Faize, age 9, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite food: Macaroni

Favourite part of camp: Games with the other children, painting flowers, and playing guitar. Johanna*, Nikki*, Mariana*, Phaedra* – all the people.

Wants to be: A Doctor

 
 Hadia, age 7, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Pink  Favourite food: White Beans  Favourite part of camp: Phaedra*, Simona*, Johanna*, and Nikki*. Playing with dolls.  Favourite sport: Football and Gymnastics  Wants to be: A Doctor

Hadia, age 7, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Pink

Favourite food: White Beans

Favourite part of camp: Phaedra*, Simona*, Johanna*, and Nikki*. Playing with dolls.

Favourite sport: Football and Gymnastics

Wants to be: A Doctor

 Razia, age 10, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Black and Yellow  Favourite food: Mantou (rice)  Favourite part of camp: Simona* and Phaedra*, but I like Maria* best because she’s very good and she plays with me. I like school, especially Dari and English.  Favourite sport: Volleyball  Wants to be: A Teacher

Razia, age 10, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Black and Yellow

Favourite food: Mantou (rice)

Favourite part of camp: Simona* and Phaedra*, but I like Maria* best because she’s very good and she plays with me. I like school, especially Dari and English.

Favourite sport: Volleyball

Wants to be: A Teacher


Razia is smart and very intuitive, and far ahead of her age, she notices everything even when she doesn’t seem to be listening.
Simona, Faros staff
 
 Hossein, age 15, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Blue  Favourite food: Rice with Korma  Favourite part of camp: The volunteers from Faros, friends in the camp, and fixing motors. Simona* and Martina*, they are family and I want to learn from them.   Favourite subject: Math  Favourite language: Dari  Wants to be: A Doctor

Hossein, age 15, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite food: Rice with Korma

Favourite part of camp: The volunteers from Faros, friends in the camp, and fixing motors. Simona* and Martina*, they are family and I want to learn from them. 

Favourite subject: Math

Favourite language: Dari

Wants to be: A Doctor

 
“Layla is very quiet, but she is friendly and likes just to be sitting near to us.”
- Simona, Faros staff
 
 Layla, age 13, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Red, Blue, and Black  Favourite food: Spaghetti  Favourite part of camp: I love Simona*, but I don’t want to say why.  Favourite sport: Basketball  Wants to be: A teacher of not very small or very big children, but ones in the middle.   

Layla, age 13, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Red, Blue, and Black

Favourite food: Spaghetti

Favourite part of camp: I love Simona*, but I don’t want to say why.

Favourite sport: Basketball

Wants to be: A teacher of not very small or very big children, but ones in the middle.

 

 Reza, age 11, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Red  Favourite food: Spaghetti  Favourite sport: Football  Wants to be: An Engineer  Favourite part of camp: Johanna*, and I want to play football with her now!

Reza, age 11, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite food: Spaghetti

Favourite sport: Football

Wants to be: An Engineer

Favourite part of camp: Johanna*, and I want to play football with her now!

 Mahlo, age 11, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Black  Favourite food: Rice and korma  Favourite part of camp: I want to leave the camp. But I love Simona*, she is beautiful and has a nice personality and is kind.  Wants to be: A Policewoman or a Hairdresser

Mahlo, age 11, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Black

Favourite food: Rice and korma

Favourite part of camp: I want to leave the camp. But I love Simona*, she is beautiful and has a nice personality and is kind.

Wants to be: A Policewoman or a Hairdresser

 
 Young refugee girls with Faros staff at the Elliniko Refugee Camp. December 2016.

Young refugee girls with Faros staff at the Elliniko Refugee Camp. December 2016.

 Sana, age 8, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Red  Favourite part of camp: I like Simona*, Phaedra*, Maria*, and Johanna*. They play every day and I am happy.  Favourite sport: Football  Wants to be: A Pilot

Sana, age 8, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite part of camp: I like Simona*, Phaedra*, Maria*, and Johanna*. They play every day and I am happy.

Favourite sport: Football

Wants to be: A Pilot

 Alisina, 10, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Yellow  Favourite food: Pizza  Favourite sport: Football  Wants to be: A Doctor  Favourite thing about camp: Simona*

Alisina, 10, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Yellow

Favourite food: Pizza

Favourite sport: Football

Wants to be: A Doctor

Favourite thing about camp: Simona*

 Hadi, age 6, Iran/Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Red  Favourite food: Macaroni  Favourite part of camp: Playing and I want to go and play now.  Favourite sport: Sit-ups  Wants to be: Spiderman

Hadi, age 6, Iran/Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite food: Macaroni

Favourite part of camp: Playing and I want to go and play now.

Favourite sport: Sit-ups

Wants to be: Spiderman

 Farshid, age 9, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Yellow  Favourite food: Roasted Potatoes  Favourite part of camp: Johanna* - especially playing football, she plays well.  Favourite sport: Football  Favourite subject: Greek

Farshid, age 9, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Yellow

Favourite food: Roasted Potatoes

Favourite part of camp: Johanna* - especially playing football, she plays well.

Favourite sport: Football

Favourite subject: Greek

  Hamid, age 10, Afghanistan   Favourite colour: Green, Red,  and Black  Favourite food: Rice  Favourite part of camp: Phaedra* and Ali*  Favourite sport: Football and Cops and Robbers  Wants to be: A Policeman

Hamid, age 10, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Green, Red,  and Black

Favourite food: Rice

Favourite part of camp: Phaedra* and Ali*

Favourite sport: Football and Cops and Robbers

Wants to be: A Policeman

 Moslem, age 9, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Red  Favourite food: Rice and Chicken  Favourite part of camp: Johanna*, I like her personality and she plays good football and games.  Favourite sport: Football

Moslem, age 9, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite food: Rice and Chicken

Favourite part of camp: Johanna*, I like her personality and she plays good football and games.

Favourite sport: Football

 

 

Moslem’s a very sweet boy and kind and quiet and he has a beautiful smile. He would play football all day long.
- Ali, Faros staff
 Madia, age 9, Afghanistan  Favourite colour: Yellow  Favourite food: Mantou (Rice)  Favourite subject: English  Wants to be: A Doctor

Madia, age 9, Afghanistan

Favourite colour: Yellow

Favourite food: Mantou (Rice)

Favourite subject: English

Wants to be: A Doctor

 Hosna, age 7 Afghanistan  Favourite food: Macaroni  Favourite sport: I don’t like dancing, only school.  Favourite subject: All the classes at school  Wants to be: A Teacher

Hosna, age 7 Afghanistan

Favourite food: Macaroni

Favourite sport: I don’t like dancing, only school.

Favourite subject: All the classes at school

Wants to be: A Teacher

 
 Hands of children Ali, Hamid, and Faros volunteers Johanna & Ali.

Hands of children Ali, Hamid, and Faros volunteers Johanna & Ali.


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