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Frustration Builds Among Refugees Trapped at Macedonian Border

On the Greek border with Macedonia, 12,000 refugees continue to wait. Since the route through to the rest of Europe was closed last month, the makeshift camp at Idomeni has seen desperate efforts to cross the border repelled by tear gas and protests. But while those here wait, their frustration grows.
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Once just a transit point for refugees following the Balkan route, the makeshift Idomeni camp is now home to 12,000 people. (J. Owens/VOA)
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Once just a transit point for refugees following the Balkan route, the makeshift Idomeni camp is now home to 12,000 people. (J. Owens/VOA)

Many tents have been set up along the railway line, which used to pass into Macedonia. Police vans now block the way, April 23, 2016. (J. Owens/VOA)
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Many tents have been set up along the railway line, which used to pass into Macedonia. Police vans now block the way, April 23, 2016. (J. Owens/VOA)

Riot police have been deployed amid occasional clashes between different ethnic groups of refugees, with confrontations often sparked over food, April 22, 2016. (J. Owens/VOA)
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Riot police have been deployed amid occasional clashes between different ethnic groups of refugees, with confrontations often sparked over food, April 22, 2016. (J. Owens/VOA)

Palestinian Syrian Qusay Lubani hoped to travel to Norway. With the route now blocked, like many here he is now unsure what to do, April 22, 2016. (J. Owens/VOA)
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Palestinian Syrian Qusay Lubani hoped to travel to Norway. With the route now blocked, like many here he is now unsure what to do, April 22, 2016. (J. Owens/VOA)

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