Chinese artist visits Idomeni border camp


Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has visited the Idomeni refugee camp in northern Greece, where about 14,000 people, mostly Syrian and Iraqi refugees, have found themselves stranded after Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) shut its border.

Ai walked around the tents pitched in the mud during a miserable day of driving rain that turned the camp into a swamp. The artist has been focusing on the plight of refugees in recent months, and has spent time living on the Greek island of Lesvos, where many of the refugees arrive from the nearby Turkish coast.

“Thousands of people are stuck here,” Ai said. “Here people stay in the rain, wet, with no clear sight of the future. … You can't believe this is happening in Europe in the 21st century.”