Lesvos. Greece. Luxembourg takes 12 kids. Germany will take 50. This is all that is being done. Meanwhile the ports of Italy and Malta have been declared unsafe, to keep migrants away. and the harbour of Libia was hit with live shelling ( and thus being actually unsafe) but people where still brought back there. Acsess to water in Moria has become more and more difficult, making life in the now closed camp more and more difficult every day. Turkey dropped migrants at the coastal towns and kept them there for a few hours to provoke greece, and afterwards brought back to detention centres.
Originally published by No Border Kitchen Lesvos Facebook page.
In all of these situations covid-19 is used as an excuse in one way or another. An excuse to withhold help to people in need even further. And in some cases, to label them as active chemical weopons. In the news we hear pleas to solidarity, understanding and patience. But expect for pleas to a deaf ear to relocate the people who are kept on this island to safer locations, very little solidarity is seen or felt from the EU, UNHCR. It’s worse than business as usual. Goverments are abusing the situation to at best forgo responsability for people’s lives, and at worst using the rhetoric to deliberitly let people die. But it doesn’t matter. The loss of life speaks for itself, and the corona crisis writes death across the skies of the central med and the aegean.
The tensions in Moria are palatable. Last week a 16 year old boy was stabbed to death. In response to this a demonstration was organised to demand better living conditions, safety and access to hygiene. A hunger strike was attempted but stopped by the extreme violence used by the police.
Here also corona is used as an excuse to keep people in tragic condition. The EU deliberatly chooses to keep these situations in place. In all of the discussion and debate around the future, what has been said about the future of the people who are trapped on this Island? Or any other similair situation? Nothing is being said about this. Who knows how long these counter corona measures, that are meant to protect life, will go on? Because here on this Island, these measures serve exactly the opposite. Here they cause violence, harm and death.
Get Angry. Get Organized.
No Border Kitchen Lesvos, April 16, 2020
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