The Lives Of Children Stranded In Idomeni, Greece

The makeshift refugee camp in Idomeni, on the Greek-Macedonian border, has become synonymous with despair. It has become a testament to Europe's poor handling of the refugee crisis.

Several thousand refugees remain stuck in the makeshift camp -- hoping the Macedonian border will reopen so they can continue their journey into central Europe. Among the refugees stranded in Idomeni are thousands of children.

I took the photos below to show the joy and courage that these children hold on to, even as their lives are plagued with uncertainty. I saw them fetching water, food and firewood for their families in the camp.

I often saw children staring into the distance, in a state of melancholy. But their difficult lives are punctuated with games, such as soccer. Despite the prevailing despair, such activities create an air of normality. I was incredibly impressed by their perseverance.

I left Idomeni with mixed feelings. No one knows what will happen over the next few days. The Greek government has repeatedly threatened to evacuate the camp.

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This post first appeared on HuffPost Germany. It has been translated into English and edited for clarity.