The modern areas of nothing and of no one, the so-called no man’s land, peaceful and peaceless at the same time, are the border areas.
Following yet another historical circle that adheres to the usual pattern of events in this area, the Balkans separate peoples by uniting them, they define space through displacement and continue to exist in disregard of the people.
Greece’s borderline with Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey is deeply entrenched in history. Whole areas and villages that used to have a life of their own have now been abolished by controversies, politics and clashes, while whole population groups have been displaced and forcefully tagged as “Greeks”, “Albanians”, “Bulgarians”…
Nevertheless, life goes on and persists to this day.
The relentless everyday life at the borders, in an era when the latter are once again challenged by movements of the population that is disillusioned and displaced by all sorts of power—and most often the supreme power of the state—also entails the struggle for survival.
In times of newly emerged refugees, even those who strive to survive in the place that has been priorly assigned to them are faced with the border and its “psyche”.
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