Two young refugees exchange music in a so-called Afghan Hotel, an overpriced rental flat for refugees. Hamed fled as an unaccompanied refugee but the little boy is travelling with his father and brother and they hope to reunite with the mother in Germany. 17 year old Hamed left Afghanistan at age 15 and doesn’t want to seek asylum in Greece. His family took a 5000 euros loan - money that they now owe the neighbor to get Hamed to Europe. He lives on the roof of an abandoned building in Alexandra Park in Athens.
Frontex personnel cross the pier while a cruise ship go about its usual business. The local detention has a capacity of 10 persons but holds over 100 boat refugees who crossed the Aegean Sea in overloaded inflatable rafts. The detention conditions are poorly with strained toilet facilities and limited space on Greek tourist island Simi.
There is a view directly from the police station to the sleeping area where refugees live with the stress of police raids and attacks from Golden Dawn. Planned as a prominent park restaurant it was abandoned when the economic crisis hit Greece. 17 year old Hamed left Afghanistan at age 15 and doesn’t want to seek asylum in Greece. His family took a 5000 euros loan - money that they now owe the neighbor - to get Hammed to Europe.
Before arriving in Athens he went by foot through the mountains from Iran to Turkey and crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece in a overloaded boat. Kabir is 16 year old and was born in Iran but holds papers from Afghanistan. He dreams of living in a civilized country. His only belongings are a few clothes and a mobile phone that enables him to reach human traffickers. They are paid to arrange a false passport and flight tickets to Norway.
When night falls unaccompanied refugee minors from Afghanistan hide in abandoned buildings in fear of the police and fascists from Golden Dawn.
THE JOURNEY - AFGHAN CHILDREN ON THE RUN
Every year 5,000 unaccompanied refugee children succeed in crossing the border to Europe. Most of them are boys from Afghanistan who are travelling without their mother and father. The boys are seeking asylum and a better life but only a few reach their goal. Many boys end up in a dangerous underworld in Athens where they live in fear of violence and deportation. The unaccompanied refugees live side by side with pedophile men, drug addicts and teenage boys who sell themselves for a euro in Alexandra Park in Athens, the largest park in the city.
Ghulam was punched in the stomach and hit over the head with a steel pipe by two men who held his arms in the street. He called for help but passers-by said be quiet or the men would return to kill him. Nothing came out of the police report and 17 year old Ghulam is disappointed with his meeting with Europe. Even though the hand-drawn ventilator is on the air is heavy and warm in the room in an Afghan hotel where he lives with his 16 year old wife and the couples’ one and a half year old daughter. On the floor there are a few blankets but apart from that the room is empty.
Kabir extends his arm. It reveals a heart that he engraved with his nails into the skin. He longs for a girl in Iran where he worked as a child laborer making shoes.
A brawl breaks out when an African male refugee makes comments about the dog on a leash. The young man facing the camera is carrying an Albanian passport and belongs to an outside group.
A person has used the space in the shrubbery for sleeping. Alexandra Park, Athen’s largest public park refugee boys live side by side with pedophile men, drug addicts and teenage boys who sell themselves for a euro.
Before coming to Athens Kabir went by foot in the mountain from Iran to Turkey and crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece in a overloaded inflatable raft.
Today Kabir is a 18 year old school student with a temporary residence permit in Norway. He lives outside Oslo and wants to be united with his mother. The uncertain future about his mom troubles the boy causing weight loss and sleep deprivation but he focuses on his future. His test score in social studies showed 96%.