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Kurdish refugees left homeless in Greece after wildfire
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Kurdish refugees left homeless in Greece
August 28, 2009
ATHENS, Greece, — Scores of Kurdish refugees
living in Greece have been left homeless after their
camp was destroyed by a huge wildfire on the
outskirts of Athens, a local residents group said
The fire tore through the former holiday camp on
Mount Penteli, on the northern edge of the Greek
capital, where the 120 Kurds were housed.
The refugees, who worked locally, had been at the
camp since 1997 when it was fitted out for them by
medical aid group Medecins du Monde.
The Penteli residents committee urged authorities to
find a solution so the stricken refugees could be "rehoused
in the same place" and continue working.
More than 100 houses suffered serious damage during
the raging fires at the weekend in the northeast of
Attica, the region around Athens.
About 20,000 hectares (49,400 acres) of forest and
farmland were destroyed in the blaze,www.ekurd.net
according to a
provisional assessment by authorities.
The government has announced a plan to compensate
people whose properties were devastated by the
The Kurds are members of an ethnic and linguistic
group and live across parts of Iraq, Turkey, Iran
and Syria known as Kurdistan (The land of Kurds) but
also have a vast global diaspora.
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