Migrations are natural, unavoidable and positive. However, a xenophobic management of the borders have put in conflict the people’s safety and dignity with the so-called national interest of the destination countries. During 2018 at least 2,275 people perished crossing the Mediterranean –an average of six deaths every day-. For those who reach European land, there is a new challenge to face: the “Balkan routes”, either passing by Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia, or the west path through Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina, since Hungary built a fence to stop migrants and refugees entering the country from Serbia. This journey, called “The Game” due to the high number of attempts it entails until they success, include several risks, as violent pushbacks, barbed wired fences, dehydration, freezing and wild animals across the Balkan jungles. However, these obstacles do not stop their determination to reach EU.
Therefore, the situation on the field has been gradually worsening for the people on the move. According to IOM, only in 2019 Western Balkans have received 11,461 migrants and refugees, and in Greece more than 68,700 people remain trapped in official-but-shafted camps while Media and Parliaments forget about the hunger, the pain and the trauma provoked by this humanitarian evergreen crisis.