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Amnesty International warns of dangers women refugees in Greece face

Athens, Oct 5 (efe-epa).- Amnesty International on Friday launched a report detailing the dangers and humans rights violations female refugees face in their journeys to Greece.

The report was based on more than 100 conversations with migrant women and girls who have arrived in and around Athens after embarking on traumatic and dangerous journeys.

"The abject failure of European governments to open safe and legal routes to refugees fleeing war is putting women and girls at increased risk of harrowing abuses," secretary general of AI, Kumi Naidoo, said in a statement on the organization's website.

Naidoo was in Athens on Friday for the launch of a campaign that connects migrant women in the Greek capital.

Unfortunately the peril does not end when the women arrive on European shores, where they face the threat of abuse, violence and are vulnerable to the human trafficking industry and prostitution.

One refugee from Afghanistan told AI that when European governments closed their borders, the threat of smugglers escalated, leaving many women in dangerous situations in which they were too scared to ask for help because of their status as an "illegal" migrant.

In addition to the physical and verbal violence the women were subjected to, AI denounced the dire conditions the migrant women have to live in, and said "lack of sanitation, insufficient clean drinking water, streams of raw sewage and infestations of mice and rats are common in all camps."

The report said the dreadful conditions were a problem for both men and women but that from a practical perspective women and girls were particularly vulnerable.

Toilets and showers have no locks, lack of adequate lighting in communal and outdoor areas, and insufficient medical resources mean women face danger and the threat of violence daily.

According to AI, there are 45,500 refugees living in Greece in camps or temporary accommodation.

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