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The end of a cynical game: Turkish authorities evict people from #Pazarkule

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 27, 2020. The jungle camp of Pazarkule is history. Last night, the remaining people were transferred either to Istanbul or to nearby camps to be held in quarantine for the next two weeks.

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#RefugeesWelcome! Don’t shoot! Stop Europe’s trend towards fascism!

March 18, 2020. It happened as it was to be expected: Four years of standing on the sidelines have resulted in a catastrophe. 40,000 human beings, penned up in hopelessly overcrowded EU-hotspot centres like Moria on Lesvos Island, living under squalid living and hygienic conditions, will soon face the deadly disease.

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Refugee 4 Refugees ask for support of their #COVID19 operations on #Lesvos and #Samos

Lesvos. Greece. March 24, 2020. At this moment, almost 20,000 refugees reside in Moria camp and just under 8,000 in Vathi, Samos. Living conditions in the congested camps are horrendous, with shortages of toilets, showers, running water and hygiene items making it virtually impossible to maintain a basic level of hygiene. The spread of COVID-19 amongst these already-vulnerable communities would be disastrous.

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#SOSMoria, #Lesvos: Emergency call by European Doctors – “If Europe looks away now, this situation could escalate to become a medical disaster”

March 25, 2020. German NGO Mission Lifeline reported today that there was no water in the Moria camp today. While European governments advice their population to wash their hands again and again to protect themselves for a coronavirus infection, they leave refugees in the overcrowded camps on the Greek islands alone. Several NGO’s and European doctors demand to bring refugees to safety immediately.

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Communiqué from Prisoners in the #Laval Immigration Holding Centre: Hunger Strike Until We Are Free

Laval. QC. March 24, 2020. Following the petition we wrote [on 19 March, sent to government officials and asking to be released in the context of the pandemic*], which had little impact on our situation of detention, we have decided to move to the second phase of our plan. This is to go on an indefinite hunger strike, starting today. This will be done in the most peaceful way and we are not breaking any detention centre rules. Thank you for your support and all help is welcome.

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#Seawatch: Send decommissioned cruise ships to evacuate camps in Greece

Greece. March 23, 2020. While the Corona crisis is keeping Europe in suspense, the suffering of those seeking international protection and the humanitarian disaster at Europe’s borders are fading into the background. In Camp Moria on Lesbos alone, designed for a maximum of 3,000 people, over 20,000 people are currently living without adequate access to water, basic hygiene facilities and medical care. To counteract the spread of COVID-19 and its disastrous effects in good time, the people on the Greek islands must receive immediate medical assistance, and overcrowded refugee camps must immediately be evacuated. The cruise ships which are idly moored in European ports offer the best conditions for this.

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Notes from #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Twentieth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 19, 2020. Since our rotation can no longer be maintained, we only get information about Pazarkule from the refugees who are there. Many people go by bus to different provinces. The arrival of the refugees continues at Istanbul Esenler bus station. Those who stay in Pazarkule cannot even meet their basic needs. We learn that a woman who is in the last stage of pregnancy in the border region has been taken to hospital in Edirne with the support of the citizens’ groups and gave birth at 4 am.

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No Border Kitchen #Lesvos: #Lockdown in effect

Lesvos. Greece. March 23, 2020. As of this morning, 6am, Greece and therefore also Lesvos are offically in Lockdown. All of the regulations that are either now being enforced or be very soon will be in other nation-states are implemeted. For now, being outside without a reason is a reason to receive a fine of E150.

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Notes From #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Nineteenth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 18, 2020. In the morning we learned that some people were taken to the immigration office, which was 4-5 km away from the area where they were held at the border. In addition, some of our friends who were active in the region explained that the refugees who were brought to the immigration office had no money and needed support for water and food. According to our local friends, they were a group of 90 people and were held at the immigration office without being able to meet basic needs.

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Report from the Turkish-Greek border #Edirne

Edirne. Turkey. March 18, 2020. A group from our Association traveled to Edirne on March 7, 2020, to witness the terrible situation of refugees at the border and to distribute supplies contributed by our volunteers and supporters. 

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