|| 09/26/16 || Location - City Plaza and Jasmine School, Victoria - Athens, Greece || Read the full story here ||
Alush Alowi, 4, of Syria, stands in the doorway of a condemned school in Athens, Greece where he and his family have been squatting for the past 2 months. The school houses over 400 refugees that are trapped in Greece after the majority of European countries closed their borders. The massive squat is run by the refugees for the refugees. This style of living is a viable alternative to the overcrowded/underfunded camps, and restores some of the basic human rights these individuals lost after leaving their home countries. This independence is directly correlated with an absence of racial tensions, and violent outbreaks. While condemned buildings are not the solution, these spaces temporarily give migrants a safe place to call home until they are approved for asylum.