They call her ‘Mama’, and Panagiota, 82, says refugees are her family now.
The Greek villager hosts 5 refugees in her house in Idomeni, and more visit each day. She welcomes them warmly with home-cooked food, hot showers – and limitless grandma hugs.
“I have company in the house, I talk… we laugh… even though we can’t understand each other.’
From her small house, Panagiota Vasileiadou, 82, has witnessed hundreds of refugees begging for food to feed their children or clean water to shower and wash their clothes. As a daughter of ethnic Greek refugees, she herself left Turkey in a population exchange after the 1919-1922 Greco-Turkish war and is now doing all she can to help the latest wave of refugees by giving out food and clothes.
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