“Stranded in Souda, Chios” SolidarityNow records in a 360 video, the struggle of a refugee family for survival in Chios

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SolidarityNow utilizes the new technology and process in the production of audiovisual material 360o to record and highlight the negative and often inhumane conditions under which the refugees live; the refugees trapped for months in the reception camps of the Greek islands. The organization’s goal is to high-point the existing major problem and underline the urgent need for the camps’ closure and the direct transfer of vulnerable populations in safe structures of the mainland.

The panoramic video (360°) “Stranded in Souda, Chios” of 3’25” duration was produced in collaboration with the award-winning photojournalist Giorgos Moutafis. The video enables viewers to engage to the 51-year-old Adulla everyday life, who was forced to leave her city, Kobanî in Syria, because of the war and is trapped for the past seven months, in Souda camp in Chios, along with her four children. Viewers will become part of the family’s life and the ongoing effort for survival along with their fear for the future.

The 51-year-old Adulla, with Syrian origin, has come to Greece along with four out of her eleven children. Her 17-year-old son was killed in Lebanon. Adulla and her children were forced into a constant “hide and seek” to escape from ISIS. They managed to escape from Lebanon and after the murder of the 17-year-old son returned to Syria to be found later in Iraq and today in Chios.

Adulla’s family is one among the 700 refugees currently residing in Souda camp, whereas more than 3,500 refugees have passed from Chios only during the first months of 2017. “We live everyday by the day, by the hours. We don’t have hot water, we sleep on the floor, we are afraid”, Adulla says.

Several times Souda camp has turned into a “battleground”. The groups of extremists, with stones and flaming objects have tried to impose and expel the refugees. Very often, refugees are forced to spend the night outside the camp for fear of attacks, seeking a safe place until dawn.

One year after the EU – Turkey agreement and many refugees has been abandoned in the Greek islands; thousands of people remain trapped, living under poor and often insecure for their health conditions, facing an uncertain present and an even more uncertain future.