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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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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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Notes From #Pazarkule / #Evros, Twelfth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 11, 2020.  We woke up to a morning as cold as the night we left behind. Around 8:30 a.m. there were sounds coming from the border but we couldn’t distinguish whether they were shootings of guns or gas canisters. Number of migrants at the village center was lower than the previous days. According to what have we heard, those who left the camp yesterday were barred from leaving today. Nonetheless those who wanted to leave the camp have formed a queue around 5 a.m.

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Notes From #Pazarkule / #Evros, Eleventh Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 10, 2020. Karaağaç’s central square was filled with a crowd of migrants early in the morning. There was a long queue of people waiting for the market to open. The counter of the pastry shop was emptied, and the daily bakery supplies were exhausted by early morning. Alongside the migrants that we had established an intimacy with, we had started to develop a general familiarity with this crowd.

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Shootings and Hunting – The Fascistisation of the European Border Regime

Greece. Evros. March 7, 2020. News about people being shot by Greek border guards on the Greek-Turkish land border appear with increasing frequency. 

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#NoBorders: Update from #Turkey

Turkey. March 12, 2020. Following our (Are You Syrious?) reports yesterday on the deployment of two AYS volunteer to the region, we can provide new personal updates from the field.

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Updates from the ground in #Edirne – #Coronavirus Updates in #Greece and #Italy

March 12, 2020. New aggression between Turkey and Greece. Information on measures against spread of corona in Italy and Greece. Still 500 people held on naval vessel in Greece without access to asylum system and in inhumane conditions. Deportations from Germany to Afghanistan.

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Situation on the Turkish-Greek border: racism and despair

Edirne. Turkey. March 6, 2020. Social worker Berfin Ateşmen and human rights activist Leman Yurtsever have been observing the situation of refugees at the Turkish-Greek border on the spot. They declare that the refugees there are left to die.

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Notes from #Pazarkule / #Evros, the Third Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 2, 2020. Yesterday we left Pazarkule around 8 pm in order to observe the situation at the Ipsala border crossing. When we were leaving the field, we noticed that the queue of the free food spot, which was finally set up, got too long with long waiting times. The food being distributed were biscuits and snacks which have no nutrition value.

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