Thousands of refugee women and children are living in limbo in Greece , waiting for the day they will be reunited with their families in other European countries.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says nearly 75,000 refugees and migrants stranded in Greece , Bulgaria, Hungary and the Western Balkans are at risk of “psychological distress” caused by existing in a prolonged state of transit.
About 60,000 refugees and migrants, mostly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, have been stuck in Greece for over a year after border closures in the Balkans halted the onward journey many planned to take to central and western Europe.
More than a quarter are children and over half the new arrivals have been women and children, according to U.N. data. Men were the first family members to flee to Europe in previous years, leaving others to follow.
“Despair is haunting me at the moment,” said Soha, a 23-year-old Syrian who lives in a tent...