Staff at a refugee camp near Serres, northern Greece held a birthday surprise for a 7-year-old Ukrainian refugee over the weekend.
The Greek Ministry of Migration posted the photo of the young refugee blowing out seven candles on her birthday with a message saying: “Even in the darkest of times, there’s light! A lovely surprise for the young girl from Ukraine, who celebrated her seven years in the refugee camp of Serres.”
More than 5,000 Ukrainian refugees now in Greece
More than 5,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled to Greece since Russia invaded the country in late February. Among them, there are more than 1,500 minors. A large number of the refugees are naturally women and children since men aged 18 to 60 are not permitted to leave Ukraine.
At least 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine, according to the United Nations, which calls the movement of people Europe’s fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II.
More than half of them are now in Poland, but tens of thousands are also staying in Moldova and Bulgaria, which have some of the fastest shrinking native populations.