While German CDU/CSU factions in parliament are fighting each other in public about border closures in German media in a debate full of racism, other EU member states install apartheid rules on public beaches and torture people at their borders.
On Monday, 2 Cars of Hope activists came back from Bosnia. They supported refugees in the small border town Velika Kladuša. But there is really a lack of everything… On June 13, a Cars of Hope car drives from Wuppertal, Germany to Bosnia, there are still empty places left in the car.
Many EU states are escalating the war against refugees and migrants. Border closures and (state) violence against refugees and migrants (for me personally there is actually no difference between migrants and refugees, people are people) are “normal” in many EU states. A refugee child shot and killed by Belgium cops last month. Two refugee kids shot and severly injured by cops in Croatia last week are only the tip of the Iceberg. The new Italian government with the fascist Lega Nord will make things even worse. What a difference with Bosnia, although the Bosnian state doesn’t do much for migrants and refugees, many many local people do what they can to support people that came to Bosnia. A few thoughts…
The violence of Croatian cops continues to increase. Today we saw refugees with bruises and plaster again. On May 30 Croatian cops shot at a van with refugees inside. Seven people had to be treated in hospital, two of them were children and remain under intensive care.
At around 04:00am I woke up with the sound of helicopters in the air. Croatian border patrols hunting refugees in the border region. More and more people arrive here at the Bosnian side of the border and Croatian authorities do about anything to stop people to cross.
Last night I arrived in Bosnia with members of the Cars of Hope collective. The Balkan route took a new turn and more and more people are arriving in Bosnia. There is no fence or wall that will stop people from fleeing from war and persecution. Or as one of the refugees I spoke with today said: “It took 37 attempts but I am in Europe now!”
Tonight we will travel with people of the Cars of Hope collective to Bosnia. We will hook-up with our friends of the former Soul Food Kitchen. We worked with Soul Food Kitchen before (in Thessaloniki and Belgrade). Here is an article about the situation at the Bosnian-Croatian border. Locals together with international volunteers are warmly welcoming people at the Bosnian-Croatian border and are trying their best to support them and show solidarity.
For the last two months Souls of Sarajevo a group formed of local and international volunteers has been helping to deal with the influx of refugees coming into Bosnia and namely Sarajevo.
In Sarajevo, mostly locals are helping to all those who are arriving daily. Every kind of help is needed medical, food, clothes, shoes…Volunteers are needed too, including doctors or nurses. If you can come to Bosnia, please get in touch with Are You Syrious.