At 04.09 on February 9, 2020, the distress hotline Alarm Phone received a call, a call that was initially no different than the dozens of others the organization receives each year. (In 2019, 101 boats, carrying over 6,200 people, reached out to Alarm Phone for help, compared with just 27 boats in 2018.) A group of 91 people were trapped on a deflating black dinghy off Garabulli, Libya. They gave their GPS coordinates to Alarm Phone, who duly relayed the information to Italian, Maltese and Libyan authorities. The passengers called again at 05.35 — and then, silence. The people on board were never heard from again.
Continue reading #WhereAreThey: Remembering the lives of those who perished on February 9, 2020
Image above: The deflated rubber boat thought to belong to the 91 people who disappeared in the Mediterranean on February 9, 2020. (Source: Frontex)
As the death toll from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean continues climbing, in the Horn of Africa Ethopia’s Tigray region is unraveling into deadly violence between the central government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Continue reading How the EU’s inhumane border ‘pushbacks’ are keeping refugees in Africa
Lesvos. Greece. Statement by Assembly of Squatted Prosfygika Alexandras ave. on Alican Albayrak and Huseyin Şahin, who were arrested on Lesvos.
Continue reading Greece: Solidarity with refugees is not a crime! Freedom for Alican Albayrak and Huseyin Şahin!
Innsbruck. Austria. On December 19, 2020, about 30 activists blocked several streets in downtown Innsbruck to draw attention to the inhumane conditions in the deportation camp Bürglkopf. In addition, the demonstrators loudly criticized the deportations of refugees to Afghanistan, Russia and Nigeria, which were recently carried out.
Continue reading Innsbruck, Austria, December 19: Blockades – Close deportation centers!
Lesvos. Greece. December 11. 2020. Once again a video of police violence against refugees on Lesvos is going viral.
Continue reading Police violence against refugees on Lesvos [Video]
France. On November 19, 2020, on the A16, a young 20-year-old Sudanese lost his life and all his dreams. He was our compatriot, our brother, our friend.
Continue reading Collective tribute to Mohamed Zacharia: The end of a dream