While working on our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted" -- about how technology is (or isn't) helping with the global refugee crisis -- CNET reporters often used Google Translate to interview refugees and migrants they met.
Rabee Abo Tarah's room at City Plaza features twin beds made up with old Hotel City Plaza sheets, a balcony overlooking Athens, a working bathroom and working lights.
Rokan Mohammad (left) and other City Plaza residents help prepare the evening meal from donated food.
Volunteers and refugees prepare dinner for about 400 people living in City Plaza. An abandoned, seven-story hotel is now one of the largest squats in Athens.
A family heads downstairs from their room on an upper level in one of Athens' largest squats.
Two boys mug for the camera in the squat's sixth-floor hallway.
Children peek through clothes drying on a sixth-floor balcony at City Plaza.
A woman walks through a tent encampment beneath a highway overpass in Piraeus.
This gallery is part of "Life, Disrupted," a CNET special report on the global refugee crisis and how tech is helping, if at all. Here we see tents butt up against each other inside a Piraeus storage facility.
Tents line the walkway in front of an abandoned Olympic Airlines' terminal at Athens' old Ellinikon International Airport.
Aid groups bring food to refugees in the port of Piraeus.
Talking on the phone and playing mobile games helps a young man get through long hours of boredom at Ellinikon airport.
SIM cards connect refugees to Greece's mobile carriers, including Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind Hellas.
A mother walks with her son as she carries water and supplies back to her tent on the grounds of Ellinikon airport.
Young children splash in an inflatable pool to get some relief from the 100 degree heat.
A man shave in Piraeus' sparse facilities.
Aid groups installed portable showers at Piraeus.
A young girl plays near a creepy statue next to the Olympic Airlines terminal.
A migrant living at the port of Piraeus checks his phone for messages.