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Refugees make best of sub-zero weather in Greek camps

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 00:46

Snowball fights were part of a keep-warm strategy for migrants stranded amid sub-zero temperatures at Greek camps not designed for winter weather. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (No Reporter Narration) Migrants stranded in Greece did what they could to keep warm in sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall on Tuesday (January 10) at camps not designed for winter weather. A mid-winter icy spell and snowstorms have gripped central and southeastern Europe for days, and parts of Greece have been covered in rare snow with temperatures dipping to -20 degrees Celsius this week. Snow also fell in downtown Athens on Tuesday. At a camp near the village of Ritsona, about 80 kilometers north of Athens, temperatures hovered at -1 degrees Celsius as thick snow fell. The camp, where several hundred migrants have been living for for months, is a collection of containers in a forest where clothes left on hanging on lines outdoors had frozen stiff. As children built snowmen and held snowball fights, the adults covered the containers with plastic tarps and used tree branches to make fires.

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Refugees make best of sub-zero weather in Greek camps

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 00:46