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Riot Turtle on #Lesvos: Every Day New Tents Are Popping Up

On December 17, I arrived on Lesvos. After almost 3 weeks I really ask myself how people can survive in camps like Moria on Lesvos. I have met so many wonderful people and they were really strong. Surviving the inhuman treatment, border closures, the lack of about everything and they keep on going. They have my deepest respect.

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Riot Turtle on Lesvos: Every Day New Tents Are Popping Up

On December 17, I arrived on Lesvos. After almost 3 weeks I really ask myself how people can survive in camps like Moria on Lesvos. I have met so many wonderful people and they were really strong. Surviving the inhuman treatment, border closures, the lack of about everything and they keep on going. They have my deepest respect.

Lesvos is transformed in a kind of open air prison. Only a small minority is allowed to go to the Greek main land. On top of that many people are deported, before a deportation takes place they are imprisoned. People are suffering on a physical and psychological level. I get more and more sad and angry and also tired. I have the privilige to go in my apartment every night to take some rest for a couple of hours but I notice that I don’t completely recover. My respect for the people that can’t take a rest in their appartment, but have to stay in their wet and cold tents is growing every day.

The EU-Turkey deal is a man-made disaster and a desperate attempt to keep the results of our lifestyle out. The priviliged from the north are continuing to vote for inhuman policies that forces people to flee. Not just because of military interventions, but also because of capitalist trade treaties and our export of arms. And last but not least; The priviliged of the north are the main polluters that causes climate change, while people who live in the south are the ones who suffer the most from the very same climate change. 

Here on Lesvos you can see the results of our policies. I am not able to describe the suffering. The empty eyes of kids playing in the dirt of Moria. Traumatized again because of our border closures and the results of other policies by the so-called “West”. Trying to fight deportations and looking in the eyes of a friend when a lawyer tells him that the decision to deport another friend is final and there is nothing we can do about it. We went to several lawyers to find a way to stop the deportation. Things are not looking good but I am not giving up and I am not alone.

Every day new people are arriving on the Greek islands. You here the sound of people setting up new tents every day (video above). Many of the people who have just arrived don’t know yet that most people will stay for a long time on Lesvos, or one of the other Greek islands. Some are here for almost two years now. Stuck in this huge open air prison. The way people deal with the problems and inhuman conditions they are facing is impressive. In the wild Olive Grove camp around Moria people organized a generator, so they now have electricity in the evening. Others have build stairs, so people don’t slip on the muddy hill anymore (images below). And again and again people protest for the freedom of movement or the release from prison. Whatever the EU member states will do or not do, it’s clear that no fence will be high enough to stop people who are so strong and determined.

 

Image: People building stairs in the wild Olive Grove camp.

Apart from the fight for the freedom of movement and against deportations, and reporting about these fights and deportations, I am also organizing mutual aid with the Cars of Hope collective here. We buy and distribute nappies, baby food, fruits, vegetables, shoes (especially in the sizes between 39 and 45) or organize medical care. The list of basic needs is long, and sometimes you have the feeling it’s just not enough. There are many self-organized groups organizing mutual aid here, some have a permanent base on Lesvos. Today we received many clothes, shoes and other stuff from the Attika Warehouse (Warning Facebook Link). Many self-organized groups here work together and help each other out with donations, like Attika did with us today (Many thanks!!!). 

 

Images above: There is a lack of shoes of the sizes between 39 and 45 , so we bought some today. We also bought socks and underware for kids and adults. This will be distributed to families who are forced to live in the Moria camp tomorrow.

You can support our work with refugees in Greece. You will find our crowdfunding campaing at https://www.youcaring.com/cohlesvos

PayPal account carsofhopewtal@gmail.com 

Riot Turtle, January 5, 2017.

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Image: Every day new tents are popping up.

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