Aug 26, 2009

BBC reporter's first hand account on the Greek fires and living in a forested suburb...

The BBC's Malcolm Brabant flees the fires

I always felt a little guilty about living in Drafi.

Like all the other homes dotted around the crags and wooded slopes, the construction of our small rented house was only made possible because of a terrible fire 10 years ago which wiped out a virgin forest.

Our delight in Drafi's dramatic mountain scenery, the cleanest air in smoggy concrete Athens and cool invigorating breezes was always tempered by pangs that we were possibly benefiting from an act of arson that enabled unscrupulous property developers to prosper a decade ago.

And this weekend, it seemed as though nature took its revenge. >> READ ENTIRE STORY HERE