Confession by Marina Satti: Next to my father's grave, there are unmarked graves of drowned refugees

Marina Satti

Marina Satti was shocked when she revealed in an interview that her father's grave is in Komotini, due to the absence of a Muslim cemetery in Athens. Next to it are nameless graves of drowned refugees.

Speaking to LIFO, the performer described a dystopian image, which unfortunately is the harsh reality faced by many of our fellow human beings.

Her father, who passed away while she was preparing for the Eurovision contest, is buried in Komotini. This means she cannot visit him as often as she would like. The reason is that despite thousands of Muslims living and working in Athens, the state has not provided for the construction of a Muslim cemetery.

The most shocking thing is that next to her father's grave, as the singer claims, there are graves with the same date of death and no names mentioned. These are graves of people who drowned in shipwrecks, and the authorities placed them all there. There are inscriptions such as "26/5, Syria" and "9/1 Afghanistan". These are people whose identities are unknown and possibly no one will ever look for them since there has been no identification.

This is an image that has haunted Marina Satti perhaps more than the fact that her father is buried far away.

"My Dad died, and we went to Komotini because there is no Muslim cemetery in Athens. When journalists were chasing me and saying I didn't talk to them, I was at the funeral, at a cemetery that is far away.

My Dad is buried there, not in Athens, and I can't visit him tomorrow if I want to. And while I think that he is there, far away and alone—I am haunted by this thought and image—I suddenly look next to him and see many graves with the same date of death: '26/5, Syria'.

They were people who drowned in a shipwreck and were all taken there, in some half-meter graves. I look the other way: '9/1 Afghanistan,' people who drowned in another wreck. I don't know if I'm more haunted by the image of my Dad, which appears every time I close my eyes, or by what is happening next to him."

In the continuation of her interview, Marina Satti spoke about her family and the horrors of war they faced when one day bombings started in Sudan.

"My Dad, his wife, and my sister left Sudan a year and a few months ago because suddenly, one day, when everything seemed fine, the bombings started. We were talking on WhatsApp; for a week, they were locked in their house. Then suddenly, on a Friday night, they left.

They went to Port Sudan because tanks went through the neighborhoods, the barrels would turn 360 degrees, and they would shoot indiscriminately."

The most tragic thing—and this must be said—is that when her family came to Greece, their odyssey continued as they could not withdraw money from their bank accounts or have their work and previous service as doctors recognized.

From one moment to the next, people who had their own lives found themselves defenseless, fighting a daily struggle for survival.

"They had their own clinic in Sudan, my sister went to the International School, and when they came to Greece they couldn't access their money. And because their town became a ghost town, their house was looted. I went to my Dad's wife's house one day in September. She was crying. I asked her 'What happened?' and she replied, 'They entered the house and took everything—furniture, clothes, papers.'

My brother and I tried to help them with some things, with badges, because my Dad was a doctor in Greece, at Hippokrates, for many years. But we couldn't because their degrees were lost, and we couldn't find them in Sudan. Overnight, people who had a good life ended up with nothing. People who helped poor people with cancer, operated on them for free, couldn't pay the rent. Then my Dad died."

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