People of the Cars of Hope collective will travel to Lesvos, Greece on December 17 to support refugees on the Greek island. Some of the Enough is Enough team will join them. Yesterday members of the collective organised an event in Wuppertal, Germany to provide information about the situation of refugees on Lesvos and other Greek islands. People also showed solidarity and demanded to #OpenTheIslands.
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#OpenTheIslands: Solidarity From #Wuppertal to #RefugeesGR on Greek Islands
People of the Cars of Hope collective will travel to Lesvos, Greece on December 17 to support refugees on the Greek island. Some of the Enough is Enough team will join them. Yesterday members of the collective organised an event in Wuppertal, Germany to provide information about the situation of refugees on Lesvos and other Greek islands. In solidarity with refugees, the attendees demanded to #OpenTheIslands.
For more than two years now the Cars of Hope collective is organizing mutual aid on the so-called Balkan route. Activists of the collective worked together with refugees in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Servia and Greece. The collective was always keen on working on eye-level with refugees. The last time Cars of Hope was on Lesvos, was in September 2017. Some of the Enough is Enough team joined them and documented the situation on the island.
During yesterdays info event there was a lot of discussion about the fact that 5 refugees died during the last winter, because of lack of appropriate accomodation. Some of the refugees were frozen to death, while they were sleeping in tents. Almost all refugees are forced to stay on the Greek islands since the implementation of the so-called EU/Turkey deal in March last year. Since then the islands are a kind of open prison for thousands of people. The right for the freedom of movement was another issue that people discussed during the event.
Cars of Hope also offered self-made pie and non-alcoholic drinks during the event. Many people were photographed with a banner. The banner reads: “#OpenTheIslands – Cars of Hope Wuppertal”. A lot of people donated to support the work of Cars of Hope on Lesvos. If you also want to support refugees on Lesvos you can join the Cars of Hope crowdfunding campaign on https://www.leetchi.com/c/soziales-von-cars-of-hope or donate directly on the Cars of Hope PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org
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