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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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#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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People removed from Greek islands without a chance to seek asylum

Greece. March 14, 2020. Following the departure of the military boat carrying 500 rejected people from Lesvos, we were unofficially told they would probably be moved to closed facilities in the northern part of Greece.

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): Evacuation of squalid Greek camps more urgent than ever over #COVID-19 fears

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Press release: Institutional abuse of refugees and human rights violations on the Turkish-Greek border

March 10, 2020. THE GREEK TEAM OF THE EC-FUNDED INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT “RESPOND: MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE OF MASS MIGRATION IN EUROPE AND BEYOND”, EXPRESSES ITS DEEPEST CONCERN REGARDING THE UPSURGE OF RACIST VIOLENCE, INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS UNFOLDING ON THE GREEK AND EUROPEAN SEA AND LAND BORDERS WITH TURKEY, WHERE THOUSANDS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE ARE STRANDED UNDER INHUMANE CONDITIONS.

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Samos: Police Arrested The Refugee Victims of Hate Crime Instead of the Perpetrators

Serious questions are raised by the stance of the police on Samos island in Greece which, following the report for an assault against two Iraqui refugees at gunpoint, did not proceed to arrest the man who was identified as the perpetrator, but instead arrested the victims.

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Joint Statement: Open the Islands – No More Dead #RefugeesGR from Cold

Solidarity groups and organisations call for urgent action as winter is
coming for refugees in Greece. Enough is Enough is one of the initiatives that signed the statement. On December 16 we will return to Greece to report from the ground and to support refugees in Greece.

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#RefugeesGR: Cops Raided #Souda Camp on #Chios – Protests on #Samos

Greece: After 350 cops raided the Moria refugee prison camp on Lesvos on Saturday, today they raided the Souda refugee camp on Chios. Cops kicked the doors open at 08:00am and there are reports of police violence during the raid. On Samos refugees protested against the inhuman conditions on the Greek island.

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Image: Children sleeping on the floor on the infamous grey blankets in a refugee camp on Samos. Image: Are You Serious.

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