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Syrian Refugee Campsite Listed On Airbnb

A chance to have an ‘authentic refugee experience’.

BY Jason S Ganesan | Jun 29, 2016 | Travel

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When a group of people have been hounded out of their homes by a bloody civil war, and the places they seek refuge in are literally using them as the poster people for lurches to the right, gallows humour is all that’s left.

In protest at their dismal living conditions, someone actually listed the Syrian refugee campsite on Airbnb, offering vacationers a chance to stay in “the most unique neighbourhood in Greece.”

“This is a real opportunity to experience life as a Syrian refugee. While EU politicians talk about refugees, you can have an authentic refugee experience—tents, wood-fire cooking, 41 degree heat, marginal sanitary situation, friendly scorpions, broken promises, even dehydration.”

Interested? You can also get “free parking” and use portable loos, which you only have to share with 600 other people. “If you are lucky you might get one of the two hot showers,” the listing reads. “There is a large vacant lot where the toilets are, which the children use as a playground.

“Please join in the games.”

The listing has already been taken down by Airbnb—apparently for violating their terms of service—but they’re not heartless bastards. They acknowledged that the refugee crisis was “heartbreaking,” and said that they’ve already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for UNHCR.

According to UNHCR, 1,037,760 refugees have claimed asylum in Europe, which is scarily just over 10 percent of the number of people who have fled their homes. The figure is included in the over 4.8 million who have escaped Syria—the majority are in the neighbouring countries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, as well as Turkey—while the rest are internally displaced.