A Turkey-European deal to stop the flow of refugees into Europe has made seeking refuge in the continent "mission impossible" as vulnerable people stuck in camps in Greece suffer serious mental illnesses, according to a number of charities.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Oxfam said on Thursday that the deal exposed refugees to risk and abuse, and accused Europe of setting a dangerous precedent.
"The EU-Turkey deal is playing roulette with the futures of some of the world's most vulnerable. It has become mission impossible for those who need it most to seek refuge in Europe," Panos Navrozidis, the IRC's country director in Greece, said.
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In a separate statement on the same day, Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, said refugees stuck in Greek camps, including children as young as nine, are cutting themselves, attempting suicide and using drugs to cope with the "endless misery".
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