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WATCH: The refugees stuck in limbo in an eerie, abandoned airport

Life gets strange (and boring) when you’re living in an abandoned airport with no prospect of leaving.


THEY SAY THE worst thing is the boredom. The boredom, and also the uncertainty.

For months now, thousands of refugees have been stuck living in Elliniko Airport in  Athens, Greece, which has been abandoned since 2001.

Since the Greek border closed in March of this year, the people have been living in limbo. They don’t know what’s going to happen to them. They don’t know when they can work again, or go to school again, or when they will have somewhere permanent to leave.

Many say that they feel abandoned.

Several weeks ago, Irish documentary makers The Reelists visited the people living in Elliniko Airport and spoke to some of them about what’s happening to them, and to some of the people volunteering at the makeshift camp.

It’s a sharp insight into what it’s actually like to live in such close proximity to thousands of other people, with minimal bathroom facilities and nothing for anyone to do all day.

This is their story.

This video was shot by The Reelists for while on location in Greece shooting a music video, which will be released on 30 September. The video will be available on The Reelists’s Facebook page and on Rofi James’s Facebook page

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