The villagers of Idomeni were helping refugees long before the NGOs arrived.
Attempts to crack down on migration have created the perfect breeding ground for new smuggling ecosystems.
"I would cry very often. I couldn't control my emotions."
I've been teaching at a school for refugee children on the Greek island of Chios, and asked some of the kids what they're wishing for this year.
The summer volunteers have gone and the world’s attention has moved onto Trump and Brexit. But in the Katsikas refugee camp, temperatures have hit below zero and people have little hope for a permanent home.
On Tuesday morning, Barack Obama arrived in Athens for his final foreign trip as president of the United States.
Weekend at Bernie's x Orthodox Christianity.
To someone living in the Balkans, America feels like a protest chant that has been sang so much, it's lost its meaning.
This year, the bell also rung for the children of refugees living at the occupied City Plaza hotel in Athens.
There was duelling, wrestling, traditional war dances and when it ended they all dined in hell together.
"We haven't made a private sex tape since we got into pornography. These days, if we film it, we sell it."
It's a far cry from the turquoise waters of neighbouring Greece, but who cares about murky water when it's hot?