We, the front-line volunteers and activists, who for years now have been stepping in and picking up the slack in lieu of governments, the UN and other international organizations when it comes to the alleviation of the situation in which hundreds and thousands of people along the Balkan route find themselves in, are decisively and unequivocally raising our voices against the inhuman treatment of our fellow human beings that is taking place along the Balkan route — and beyond.
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 EU continues to use more money on strengthening borders than on helping people, integration or just meeting the basic needs of those in need. But, why buy food when you can buy guns and drones and build walls?
International call by Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza (Warning Facebook Link) for the 17th March 2018 – European day against all anti-migration policies between states.
Yesterday Hesam announced that he was transferred to the detention center (section B) inside the Moria refugee camp on Lesvos, Greece. He continued his hunger strike, that he started 18 days ago. Three days ago Hesam also stopped drinking.
We published many reports about the situation of refugees on Lesvos in the past weeks. Unfortunally we didn’t manage to come to Chios or one of the other Greek islands to report about the situation there. At the moment the people of Fotomovimiento are on Chios and we re-publish a report that they published on their Facebook page. Continue reading Fotomovimiento on #Chios
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.
It’s cold on Lesvos. Around 4 or 5 degrees Celsius or even less during the night. The military run Moria camp is on a hill and the wind makes it even feel colder. Images in my head. The same images that I saw many times before on the Balkan route. Despair in peoples eyes, hunger, broken shoes, improvised tents and wet clothes. Welcome to Europe!
It was a heavy week on Lesvos, a violent fascist mob, supported by cops forced refugees to (at least temporarily) stop the occupation of Sappho square in Mytilini. On Saturday many people protested against the fascist mob, deportations and for open borders. Report and statement by Refugees and Solidarity supporters about the occupation of Syriza headquarters at Lesvos, Greece on Saturday November 25.
Image: On Saturday November 25 activists occupied Syriza headquarters on Lesvos, Greece, after a demo through the islands capital Mytilini. Image by Lesvos Solidarity – Pikpa Facebook page.
Sea-Watch released the complete footage of the escalation by the Libyan coast guard during a rescue operation on November 6, 2017.
Image: Screenshot of the video of the Seawatch rescue operation on November 6, 2017.