• 'Accepting charity is an ugly business': my return to the refugee camps, 30 years on

    1 month ago - By The Guardian

    Dina Nayeri was eight when she and her family fled Iran. Are today's refugees treated with more dignity?
    There have been days, months, when I've eaten meals provided by charities, governments, good people. When I was 10, I lived in a refugee camp outside Rome, a temporary safe space for transients seeking asylum outside Italy. The Italian government had leased the building from a hotel owner; though our clothes and sheets were those of refugees , we lived on a hilltop, in the husk of a pretty hotel. Each day, the residents of hotel Barba were served soup, pasta, coffee, meat, bread. In the...
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