Statement by Arash Hampay about one month hunger strike in the Moria prison (Lesvos, Greece).
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Originally published at Arash Hampay Facebook profile.
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Statement by Arash Hampay
One month of hunger strike. One month, where our mouths and lips have been shut and have refused any kind of food. Why? You probably think that those two people in Moria prison are crazy. You proably think that they are committing suicide. You probably think that they have an important message to deliver. You probably wonder why they are screaming and trying to show their pain and the blood from their wounds. You probably wonder how it is possible to stay alive without food for an entire month. You probably don´t understand any of this because your fixed mindset does not have the capacity to understand their pain and struggling.
Bahrooz and Kozhin do not want to commit suicide. They are not crazy. They are two young kurdish men. They are smart and handsome. They are in love with life. They understand and appreciate the essence of beauty and the joy of life. This is the very reason why they do not kneel and submit to oppression and injustice. They desire life. This is the final hurdle of their struggle for that life. Their very hunger is the key that will open the gates of the prison. A prison in which they have been forced into.
30 days have passed. I do not approve of the response from this superficial and false UN so far. The Greek police and the Greek state insist on upholding their reputation as being brutal and merciless towards vulnerable and suffering refugees. 30 days have passed. It has been 30 days of desperate calls from two desperate young men. Two desperate young men have been begging the people, the media channels, the human rights organisations, and everyone else for help. Are you all deaf or are you just pretending to be?
Once again I went to Moria today to give sugar and salt to the refugees on hunger strike. Once again, despite my institence, the police prevented me from doing so. One month of hunger strike. They need sugar, salt, and juice. Their lives are in danger. The Police in Moria told me that I was only permitted to give them cigarettes. The Police did not even allow me to see them from a distance. That wonderful doctor and I were sent home utterly disappointed. That lovely doctor who tends to us every day, whenever necessary.
It is nearly impossible to find someone with a strong conscience in this so-called civilised country. Someone who would go to the gate of Moria and dedicate two hours of their time fighting for the freedom of those two young men who have come here to seek refuge? If these people actually exist then I urge them to go to Moria and show that they disagree with the Greek asylum policies. I urge them to show that they are against the imprisonment of refugees. I urge them to call for the release of the imprisoned people on hunger strike. I urge them to do this because the hope these people have for their release is ultimately waning.
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