Night after night in a Greek port, refugees and migrants wait for their chance at a better life. This is the “game,” as the young men and boys at the abandoned wood factory call it. The stakes are high, and the odds of making it onto a ship undetected are low. If caught by the port police, the refugees say they are beaten with batons, kicked, punched. If they manage to escape the grasp of the police who patrol the port on motorcycles, they still risk other injury. Many have fallen from the walls they must climb. Others have been struck by passing cars.
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