"I Don't Want My Life to Be Like This"

The Moria refugee camp was the last option for many migrants. Then it burned down. ATHENS, Greece—Zainab has spent the past two years living in refugee camps. The first one was in Iran, where she and her husband spent a month after having fled family violence in their home country, Afghanistan. While living there, she had a miscarriage in the fourth month of pregnancy. “It was a very bad situation and the baby couldn’t survive,” she says.

Zainab, who preferred to give only her first name, was devastated but had little time to mourn the loss as she and her husband had to keep moving. Their next stop, several months later, was the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, where they had been living for the past year before it burned to the ground in the early morning hours of Sept. 9.*

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