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#NoBorders: Update from #Turkey

Turkey. March 12, 2020. Following our (Are You Syrious?) reports yesterday on the deployment of two AYS volunteer to the region, we can provide new personal updates from the field.

Originally published by Are You Syrious.

The two extracts below highlight the continued insecurity within the region, the growing police presence and the vulnerability of all people who are currently stuck there.

Volunteer 1:
“We went distributing donations where we were yesterday and clicked some photos from people with backside and donations. Suddenly police in everyday clothes asked for my passport, passport of the Turkish volunteer with me and the refugee next to us. It took ages for checking my passport. Later they checked passports of volunteers and told them to stop distributing donations. Suddenly it’s illegal.”

Volunteer 2:
“Turkish police just came to my hotel and took all Arabs with them. Hotel guy is saying they are doing this all over Edirne at the moment. So if you know anyone please warn them!”

Additionally, we have been asked to warn people of a number of false information being shared regarding the current situation, and to remind people to only share information from trusted sources.

Read the full Daily Digest (March 12, 2020) of Are You Syrious. Content:

Dutch government refusal to support unaccompanied children / fast-tracking of deportations in Cyrpus / IOMs €2,000 bribe / Frontex operations lack ‘proper legal basis’

You can read it all here.


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