AYS 19/8: Malaria unofficially confirmed in Sindos-Frakapor camp

Our staff has visited refugees in Sindos-Frakapor, where cases of malaria were unofficially confirmed by independent medical professionals. Photo: AYS

Sindos-Frakapor camp: unbearable stench, malaria and newborn babies in the middle of nowhere

Approaching the camp by abandoned road, one can feel the unbearable stench rising from nearby heaps of fertilizer. We were appalled to see at least 20 newborn babies in completely unacceptable living conditions in Sindos-Frakapor, in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by swamp and piles of trash.

Heaps of fertilizer and piles of trash surrounding Sindos-Frakapor camp. Photo: AYS

Medical support is very basic, and refugees are dependent solely on military food as there are no inhabited areas or gas stations with shops nearby. Mosquitoes are swarming everywhere, and only recently refugees managed to get some repellents for individual use. There are no electric insect traps (bug zappers) or ventilators. If you can donate larger amounts of such devices, please do — it will make a huge difference for people in the camp.

Peace, love, hope, fredom: We will nevergive up. A graffiti on camp walls. Photo: AYS

Sindos-Frakapor is one of the worst camps we have encountered in a year of field work and yet everyone acts like there’s no better alternative for people trapped in Sindos-Frakapor: conditions in the camp haven’t changed much since they were brought here three months ago.

331 refugees have arrived to Greek islands between Thursday and Friday morning, according to government data. This is a jump compared to recent figures, which had ranged from a few dozen to a maximum of 150 new people daily, bringing the official count of refugees stranded (and registered) in Greece to just over 58,000. Today, volunteers on Lesvos have counted 146 new refugees on Lesvos alone, while our colleagues from Chios say they had 53 new arrivals. Government has also recorded new arrivals to Samos, Leros and Karpathos. About 70 people were saved from the small islet of Sapientza, hundreds of miles from the usual refugee entry points. They have spent the night on the deserted islet off the southwestern tip of the Peloponnese before being saved by Greek coast guard early this morning.

Volunteers backed off Chalkidas hospital squat

Support for the new camp in Kavala needed

Little residents of the new camp. Photo: Northern Lights Aid

In a lengthy and very enthusiastic post on Facebook, they have described all that was done and what still needs to be done, sop please find some time to read it and see if you can help.

Long term volunteers needed in Vasilika

Children held in detention center in Croatia

More drownings off Lybian coast: how to call for help if you encounter distress at sea

When facing distress at sea, Alarm Phone instructs to:
1. First call the coast guards and tell them about your situation of distress.
2. Then call the Alarm Phone. We will make sure that your distress call is noted and acted upon.
3. If you are not promptly rescued by the coast guards, call the Alarm Phone again. We will inform the public media and politicians to put pressure on the rescue services.

You can see the informational video in Arabic here.

Number of people in Calais rises above 9,000

Police today evict the French School Ecole D’Art. Photo: Refugee Infoo Bus

As they are expanding their operation in Calais and Greece, Refugee Info Bus are recruiting a Refugee Info Bus Calais Coordinator with a minimum commitment of 2 months. Accommodation and food will be provided, as well as additonal support according to demonstrated need. If you are interested, please email recruitment@refugeeinfobus.com with a CV and a cover letter. You can read the outline of the key duties here.

Photos of little Omran trigger a wave of interest for Syrian crisis: here’s how anyone can help

Today, they have published a small peace of hope for people still trapped in the besieged city of Madaya: 18 people were evacuated from the city to receive urgent medical treatment.

One of the greatest humanitarian priorities for the people inside Syria is frontline, emergency medical care. People are dying because there aren’t enough ambulances to transport them to hospital and there aren’t enough hospitals in areas where civilians are being injured. Medical equipment is desperately needed in hospitals in which are being targeted and bombed relentlessly. Samara’s Aid Appeal is raising money to support hospitals in Syria and also provide medical equipment to help save the lives of the people effected by this conflict. Every penny raised for this appeal goes directly to supporting Syrian teams on the ground, as well as purchasing and transporting suitable medical equipment and medicines into Syria.

There’s also the option of dontating to MSF, probably the only big international NGO that really makes the difference on the ground.

Daily news digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and refugees on the route, but also for journalists and other parties.

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