As refugees continue to flee, migrating west through Europe, toward greater freedom, increased security and a new country to call home, the refugees of the Ovcha Kupel camp find themselves stranded – in many cases for years – waiting for release papers that often do not come. They are isolated and unable to leave. The refugees in the Ovcha Kupel district near Bulgaria’s capital city, Sofia, are guests in a country where historically people of their religion were considered the enemy and, by today’s standards, competition for scarce employment. Bulgaria is one of the poorest countries in the European Union and neither its limited social policy nor its weak economy can meet the growing needs of its unwanted visitors. The refugees at the Ovcha Kupel camp are largely without means and at the mercy of a
system that does not prioritize them. Without influence, they are easily overlooked and forgotten.