'This is the shame of Europe'

Published April 21st, 2016 - 03:52 GMT
Refugee children play around a makeshift fire at a camp on the Greece-Macedonia border.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
Refugee children play around a makeshift fire at a camp on the Greece-Macedonia border. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Losing their minds

Some of them have been here for two, three months. Just waiting. And not knowing what will happen next. Will they be able to get into Europe, like the thousands before them? Are they going to be sent back to Turkey? Are they going to have to go back to their countries?

So they’re losing their minds. What do you expect? You’d do the same in their situation. Day by day their behavior changes. Even me. I’m just doing my job, I’m used to these situations, having covered so many of them. During the two weeks I was there, I knew I was only going to be there temporarily, and then I would return to my home and family. And even me, day by day I became more depressed, more aggressive.

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I will never forget her as Dina in The Band’s Visit, Ruthie in Or and Viviane Amsalem in the trilogy To Take A WifeShiva and Gett. Her witt, smile, her broken china voice and the way I believed her from the first moment she appeared on the screen – it was magic, a thing of beauty that is joy forever.

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Reading Trump in Tehran 

“He has been known as a symbol of success for a long time and has inspired millions around the world.”

This sentence refers to Donald J. Trump, the frontrunner Republican presidential candidate. It appears on the first page of a translation of his 2007 book Trump 101: The Way to Success, which can be found in many bookstores along Tehran’s Revolution Avenue.

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