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1 year ago, I went to Thessaloniki, Greece, to offer my support to the courageous people stuck in the camps there awaiting to hear whether they'd been granted asylum or to be transferred to another country.
In one of these camps, I met an Algerian family that had fled with the hope of finding a better life in Europe and better medical treatments for one of the daughters who was disabled. A brave woman with her 17 and 19 year old daughters... Being Algerian myself, it was a pleasure to meet them and I felt at home in their company. The daughters had a lot of ambition and really wanted to study and be able to financially support their mum. The eldest fell in love with a Syrian friend who was also living in the camp and they were planning to get married. She had a disability that made it difficult for her to walk or stand but she had always worked hard to be independent.
This was in February 2017.
I left Greece after 2 weeks and always promised myself that I would go back and stay longer next time. The family and I had regular calls at the beginning and a bit less over time. Our plan was to help them to go to France, but in one phone-call they let me know that they had managed to get out of the camp and that they were now living in a flat in Greece. The plan had changed, they were going to stay in Greece.
From the end of last year, I realised that the girls stopped calling me. I assumed that they were fine, but decided to try to reach out to them to have news - but there was no answer. After a few calls and messages, I started to think that they had changed their number, and I hoped for the best.
Today after 9 months, I finally managed to reach them. The first person to answer the phone was the youngest daughter and by hearing her voice, you could tell that something wasn't right... She told me that her and her mum were back in Algeria with their sister's body. Her sister died in November 2017 from a tumor. None of them were aware that she had one until she felt very sick one day and had to be brought to hospital. She was diagnosed there, but she died 2 days later, it was too late.
Her devastated mum and sister wanted to bring her body back to Algeria to bury her. The cost of that transfer was 3000 euros, which they would have to ask from different people. After a few months, they managed to borrow this amount of money and finally brought the body back.
The girls are now in Algeria and are now struggling a lot to refund that money in a country they once had fled for lack of financial/work opportunities.
After that call, I thought that dealing with a loss was already enough and that they shouldn't have had to pay for bringing a loved one home. I am trying to collect 2000 pounds to refund the money that has been borrowed and I need your help. All money collected will be sent to the family.
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