A refugee claims the death of a 5-year-old girl was “made up” on an island in the Evros River bordering Turkey. Traffickers pointed to the alleged fake story, which became a media sensation last August after a girl reported it. died After a scorpion bit her.
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One of the 38 refugees stranded on an island along the Greek-Turkish border last summer has come forward to accuse the island of staging the alleged death of a 5-year-old Syrian girl.
A Syrian national said Kathimerini A young woman who was alive was laid to rest and her face was made up to look like she was dead. Her hair was cut to change her appearance.
A Turkish refugee trafficker suggested the death be stage-managed, and a woman named Baida S. suddenly appeared with the group and posted photos, videos and messages.
He said Baida disappeared after the refugees were finally allowed on Greek soil and sent to the camp. She subsequently returned to Germany, where her husband has been living since 2015. Her social media posts suggest she shuttles between Germany and Turkey, and her life, as presented in them, is far from that of a stateless refugee.
A media story last August described Greece’s alleged neglect of refugees. German magazine Der Spiegel, which covered the story in three reports and a podcast last summer, published a lengthy retraction in late December, saying mistakes had been made in its reporting but not stopping it from acknowledging the death.
Kathimeri knew the interviewee and gave a lengthy statement to the Greek police. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he said he came forward out of fear of repercussions and insisted Greek authorities did not refer to his revelations.
A Syrian refugee describes how the 38 came together at the border and how Turkish security forces stood by them. He explained that during the first attempt to enter Greece, masked men beat the refugees and pushed them back.
When asked why the young woman’s family agreed to the set-up, the trafficker said they paid less than others to cross the Evros River, which forms part of the Greek-Turkish border, suggesting they owed him.
Baida was not the only one in the group to leave the refugee camp and come to Germany shortly after arriving. But in her case, there are several indications that she already has the necessary travel documents, Kathimerini reported.