Mustafa and Abdulbasid
Mustafa, 8 and Abdulbasid, 7, are two young bothers staying at the open accommodation centre of Malakasa, a small town north of Athens. For a few months now, the boys have started attending the nearby Greek elementary school, in the context of the refugee children education programme.
Originally from Afghanistan, the two brothers made the difficult journey to Europe together with their family. Their father, Abdul, is happy and proud to see his children get on the school bus every day, as education is the most important thing he would like to offer them.
The boys are really excited to attend school and were very pleased with their school kits, which they happily showed to everyone around, before hopping on the bus together with their friends, accompanied by IOM escorts who are always on the pupils’ side.
IOM Greece provides buses and escorts for the transportation of refugee and migrant children to the primary and secondary schools, with support from the European Commission - Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).