Last year the Cars of Hope collective from Wuppertal (German territory)supported self organized mutual aid projects on Lesvos, in Athens and in Bosnia. Next month activists of the Cars of Hope collective will be in Athens to support the Notara 26 refugee squat, which they also visited and supported in January 2018 and the Azadi refugee squat. They will also support the food distribution for homeless people in Athens.
Cars of hope started to work on the Balkan route in 2015 and worked with refugees in Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Greece and Bosnia. Apart from organizing mutual aid together with refugees, they also documented a lot about the situation on the Balkan route in the past years.
During the first months of 2018 the collective worked on Lesvos and in Athens (both Greek territory) and from April they focussed on velika Kladusa (Bosnian territory). One member of the Cars of Hope collective is still in Bosnia, others will continue their support for refugee squats in Athens in the coming months.
One of the projects they will support there is the Azadi refugee squat.
In a statement the collective of the Azadi squat wrote:
We are organising again!
After some troubles in the house and some misunderstandings we found us again.
We changed our name for a new start!
Why we call us Azadi?
Azadi is meaning freedom in Farsi and Kurdish language. We took this name because the most of our residents are Iranian and Kurdish Families!
Freedom of movement- Freedom of ourselves- Freedom of our minds is what we want.
so this is why we meant this gonna be a good name for our house!
We are in the process of reorganizing ourself. We are a selforganized community of international people who opened this house to give a safe shelter for woman and children!
we have some rules in the House:
This is the main consensus of the people who are living in this house. This time we are around 50 people living peacefully together. Most of us are woman and children.
We are on the way to set up the house in a good living standard for everyone who is having a room in the building.
Currently we are not able to take new people in the Squat. But we are able to take care of those who are living inside!
What we need:
and urgently we need food donations!
We are happy to get dried food donations from Pamperaki !
But unfortunately this is not enough! If you could help us with food donations we would appreciate to get in contact with you!
With Love and Solidarity
Azadi, January 25, 2019
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