Sunday, January 12, 2014


Shaid's ear was bitten off in what
he says was a racist attack (Screengrab)
Young Iranian refugee who had his ear bitten off in a racist attack says the experience shows him that there is 'no culture, no love' in Europe

A young refugee from Iran who says he was the target of a racist attack about two months ago in central Athens has described how one of his assailants bit his ear off.

In a recorded video interview with a international humanitarian aid organisation, the man, who identifies himself as Saeed, said that he was set on by three men dressed in black as he was speaking on the phone near Metaxourgiou Square at the center of Athens.
"They beat me. After one of them put his hand around my neck and got me in a headlock, he bit his teeth into my ear. I was bleeding and my ear fell to the ground," he said in a recorded video interview with Médecins du Monde.
Saeed initially was not aware of what had been done to him. He was spotted by a friend, who came to his rescue and took him - and his severed ear - to hospital, where attempts to reattach the ear failed and doctors had to remove it.
After he was discharged from hospital two weeks later, he approached Médecins du Monde, which has helped him come to terms with what has happened. 
"All I can say to immigrants who leave their county is that things might be better for them at home. I see no civilisation in Europe. No culture, no love," he said.
 watch the video       Saeed explains the attack

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