Statement about the drownings in the Mediterrean sea and border closures by the Cars of Hope collective (from July 10, 2018).
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…
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.
During the last days we spoke with a lot of people who are forced to live in the Moria refugee camp. Their stories are showing the total chaos in the Moria refugee camp.
We would like to thank Arash Hampay for this video.
I arrived in the Moria camp in the early afternoon. It’s December the 25th and so its Christmas. Like always the smell of burning plastic was everywhere. While many people were celebrating the birth of a refugee in Bethlehem, who was born about 2000 years ago, I went to the Moria camp on Lesvos.
States and borders are dividing people. Dividing in them and us. When do we finally get rid of these tools of suffering and oppression? On December 17 I will travel to Lesvos, Greece, again and will stay there for almost a month. It seems a long time ago that I started working with refugees on the Balkan route, but actually its not. A little more than two years have past after I drove to Slovenia. A good friend wrote me in September 2015 about the situation on the Croatian/Slovenian border and asked me to come and support. A lot has happened since then…
Video by the author of this aricle, Riot Turtle, about the next campaign on Lesvos.
In the middle of the preparations for our stay on Lesvos, Greece, we want to remind you that the Greek islands are not the only places in Europe where refugees are suffering the inhuman treatment by EU member states. People are suffering illegal pushbacks and police violence in many European states. Last night cops destroyed tents of migrants and refugees in Paris, France. The violent treatment of refugees and migrants is increasing across Europe.
Image: Refugees and migrants sleeping on the streets of Paris. Image by Facebook page Paris Refugee Ground Support
People of the Cars of Hope collective will travel to Lesvos, Greece on December 17 to support refugees on the Greek island. Some of the Enough is Enough team will join them. Yesterday members of the collective organised an event in Wuppertal, Germany to provide information about the situation of refugees on Lesvos and other Greek islands. People also showed solidarity and demanded to #OpenTheIslands.