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2 Mar. 2019
FILE PHOTO: Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant,... more
2 Mar. 2019
Athens, Greece
FILE PHOTO: Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens, Greece, December 5, 2012. Mekki, who fled conflict in his country in hope of a better life in Europe, said that on August 2012, about five months after he illegally entered Greece, he and a friend from Mauritania were walking in Athens when black-shirted men on motorcycles holding Greek flags came up and knocked him half-conscious with a blow to the head. When he regained consciousness, he was covered in blood. Only later would he realise that his attackers, which he says were likely tied to the far-right Golden Dawn party, had left large gashes resembling an "X" across his back. "I don't have the right papers, so I can't go anywhere to ask for help," Mekki said. "I can't sleep. I'm scared, maybe they will follow me and my life is in danger now." REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis/File photo SEARCH "YANNIS BEHRAKIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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