AYS Daily Digest 06/07/17: Europe continuously fails people says Amnesty

I know the situation now and every time is so bad at souda camp and i think a lot about it many time i decide to make a draw i know i am late but i want to let every people to see it and i want to invite UNHCR for one night in this tents that they give it to us to get a safe place that we can sleep in it so its safe for them let’s see if this will help and let them feel how the people feel I don’t tell them to spend 1 year in this tents just for one night. Abbas Al


Amnesty International published today a study that concludes that the increase in deaths by drowning in the Mediterranean sea are caused by the inadequate response that the European Union has given to this crisis.

“If the second half of this year continues as the first and urgent action is not taken, 2017 looks set to become the deadliest year for the deadliest migration route in the world. The EU must rethink its cooperation with Libya’s woefully dysfunctional coastguard and deploy more vessels where they are desperately needed”

John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director.


Volunteers on the ground report that a new field hospital near Mosul, Iraq opened on Sunday. Between 3 doctors, 133 patients seen in 4 hours, including these two young boys.

Photo by Help Refugees


The hunger strike that three refugees started (once more) last week is still going on in Moria section B for the 8th day. Even though the place is called detention and not jail, people there are treated and called inmates. They face the instability of jail, while there have been no crimes committed by most of them. Desperation is rising with the unfairness of the place, and that makes it unsafe. The section is overcrowded, and the constant threat of deportation makes the tensions erupt as fights where people can be physically hurt.

Photo by United Rescue Aid
Photo by Arash Hampay


The Refugee Law Clinics Abroad is looking for Arabic and Farsi translators, if you have these skills please consider contacting them.

Northern Greece

The Health-Point Foundation Dental/Medical Relief has issued an urgent appeal for Arabic Translators. The dates they still need to fill are:


There are still a number of places available for the free “Managing burnout & building team resilience” course taking place in Athens next week.
The course is targeted at aid workers and will focus on tools to improve your team strength. It will take place from the 10th till the 14th of July in The BOX, Dorylaiou 12, 115 21 Athens.


As per a report from the 2nd of July about the situation of refugees in the country we find that the overall number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood at 5,895. 94% were accommodated in 18 governmental centres.
At end-June, some 80% of residents in governmental centres were from so-called refugee-producing countries: Afghanistan (62%), Iraq (13%) and Syria (5%). 12% were from Pakistan and 8% from other countries. 40% were children, 12% adult women and 48% adult men.
Some centres, especially the Transit Centres in Adasevci, Principovac and Sombor remained overcrowded, where some 200 refugees and migrants, including families and unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), were accommodated in temporary emergency shelters of rub halls or tents. UNHCR and partners received testimonies of 61 collective expulsions from Croatia, with many alleging to have been denied access to asylum procedures there, while 89 were received from Hungary, including allegations of mis-treatment by Hungarian authorities.
In June, 329 refugees/migrants registered an intention to seek asylum in Serbia.


Discouraged by long waiting time and a recent wave of negative decisions that were issued to asylum seekers in Croatia, Iraqi family with four children, one of them only one year old, decided to go back to Iraq. Croatia continues to systematically discourage asylum seekers from staying in the country by failing to provide timely and fair process, failing to provide much needed pyschosocial support, failing to provide decent living conditions for vulnerable individuals.


After defending that troops could be send to the border with Italy to stop refugees from crossing, the government now has sought to ease the tension caused with the neighbour country saying that “There is no need to employ temporary border control with Italy”.


The accomodation rental site Airbnb on Wednesday launched a project in Milan allowing residents to offer their spare rooms or apartments to refugees in the Open Homes Refugees initiative, set up in collaboration with Refugees Welcome Italy and Catholic organization the Community of Sant’Egidio. Those wishing to take part in the project need to create a profile on the site, which includes identity and security checks, but people who haven’t previously hosted guests through the platform are also able to sign up. The charity organizations then book rooms on behalf of the people they are assisting. The project was inspired by the Open Homes Project, sponsored by Milan city authorities in 2016, which saw 126 residents sign up to host family members of patients in Milan hospitals.


Today a report by the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano show us a disturbing video of how how the police takes unaccompanied minors from a train and ends up deporting the children back to Italy breaking every kind of international rules of vulnerable people protection. The train arrives from ventimiglia to France, the police stops them in the French station and bring them back to a train leaving for Ventimiglia. The authorities didn’t even bother giving these kids tickets for the train back..These actions have been reported to us by volunteers and refugees before but until now there was no footage of these practices.

Northern France

Here the news aren’t better, today volunteers report that in Dunkirk the police came and emptied the new “camp”.

Photo by Isis Mera



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Are You Syrious?

Are You Syrious?

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