Throughout the first half year of 2020 a lot of things that where already set in motion been brought to the next level. With a brand new floating fence and an extension of the covid-19 related measures in Moria the greek goverment continues this escalation. Looking back at the first half of the year we can safely conclude that the greek goverment and their european sponsers have done everything in their power to make the situation for migrants as worst as possible. The continued tolerance of the situation and practices of the greek goverment by the european “community” is not a suprise. Slowly we are seeing the true face of the people in power. As the events follow eachother, seemingly forever escalating to a level that is worse then the previous. And in silent apathy the “community” shakes it’s head and continues. When will it end?Continue reading Racist Europe gives commands, the coast guard has blood on its hands
Lesvos. Greece. Pushbacks. That will be the word that describes the situation on the Island at the moment. Almost on a daily basis, dinghy’s full of people are being pushed back. Without any consideration for safety, diginity or self determination the hellenic coast guard has been illegally denying people their right to request asylum. To them, these are not people, but only an annoying nousance that has to be kept out of the country at all costs. The pushbacks are not only happening at the sea, but the very idea of allowing migrants to be in europe is being pushed back. The physical presence confined to camps, out of sight and out of mind. Recently the goverment announced that they will strive for all refugee camps in greece to be turned into closed structures. This until “the flows form the opposite Turkish shores stop, so that the issue can reconsidered again by the goverment”. All but rhetoric, because we know the flow will never stop until there is no more structural inequality, racism and war, and they will never open the camps once they are closed. How will this ever end, when the nations of this world continue to profit of the misery and death that they cause?Continue reading No Border Kitchen Lesvos: About the situtation in #Lesvos
Lesvos. Greece. Statement by No Border Kitchen Lesvos about the situation of migrants on the Greek island in times of the coronavirus.Continue reading No Border Kitchen #Lesvos: #Covid19 is used as an excuse to keep people in cages
Lesvos. Greece. Luxembourg takes 12 kids. Germany will take 50. This is all that is being done. Meanwhile the ports of Italy and Malta have been declared unsafe, to keep migrants away. and the harbour of Libia was hit with live shelling ( and thus being actually unsafe) but people where still brought back there. Acsess to water in Moria has become more and more difficult, making life in the now closed camp more and more difficult every day. Turkey dropped migrants at the coastal towns and kept them there for a few hours to provoke greece, and afterwards brought back to detention centres.Continue reading No Border Kitchen #Lesvos: Get angry ! Get Organized!
Lesvos. Greece. April 7, 2020. The prisoners detained in Moria pre-removal detention centre (PRO.KE.K.A) in Lesvos have been on hunger strike since 5th April 2020. The PRO.KE.K.A hunger strikers demand their immediate release to avoid the disastrous consequences of a virus outbreak in the prison.Continue reading #COVID19, #Lesvos: ‘We are here to die, or to obtain freedom’: Hunger strike in #Moria pre-removal detention centre
Lesvos. Greece. April 3, 2020. Who are the people on the other side of the fence?Continue reading Statement by No Border Kitchen #Lesvos in times of the #coronavirus
Lesvos. Greece. March 29, 2020. As the goverment of greece makes it clear they are closing moria step by step, what is there more say? From all sorts of organisations, collectives and institutions it has been made clear that the people must be evacuated now. But it doesn’t matter. While they systematicly close Moria more and more with the excuse of corona, they will soon start to build a closed camp. From the month of May, the greek goverment will no longer supply people with the basic allowance that gives at least some means to feed themselves, buy phone credit to stay in contact with relatives etc. This until at some undetermined time in the future they will place ATM’s inside the camp. Some of the people that dared to make the crossing from turkey to greece in the last week are still packed in unhcr tents on the shores where they landed, unable to move.Continue reading No Border Kitchen #Lesvos: Beyond #Moria lies the future.
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.Continue reading Refugee 4 Refugees ask for support of their #COVID19 operations on #Lesvos and #Samos
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.Continue reading #SOSMoria, #Lesvos: Emergency call by European Doctors – “If Europe looks away now, this situation could escalate to become a medical disaster”
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.Continue reading #Seawatch: Send decommissioned cruise ships to evacuate camps in Greece