AYS Daily Digest 10/10/17: Alarming mental health situation

Moving people from islands to mainland Greece is an imperative, MSF claims / harsh conditions for a growing number of detained refugees in Libya / Turkey’s official number of pushbacks rises to 700 / Camps will be closing in Greece / protests against deportations to Afghanistan in Sweden / Help needed in France / more information, stats and calls for volunteering


Families being separated for years, under family reunion delays.
Inadequate medical or psychological care.
Being trapped on the Islands.
Isolated Camps.
Massive Unemployment.
Waiting for decisions on legal cases.
These are just some of factors that are causing so much pain, on #worldmentalhealthday, among refugees in Greece. — Refugee Info Bus


Conditions worsening for thousands of refugees stuck in Libya

Previously in Sabratha




Syrian chemical weapons cause of a child’s death in Greece



Alarming situation develops

Conditions on these islands have been allowed to fester while the Greek government, local authorities, the E.U. and the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, take turns blaming each other.

The conditions in which asylum-seekers living in the Greek Islands create continuous traumatic stress. — MSF

“European and Greek authorities are directly responsible for this suffering. People’s extreme vulnerability and the complete failure of systems on the islands leave them with no other choice.”

Become a volunteer lawyer on Lesvos

Closing of the camps


Workshops for refugees — finding a job

Join Hope Refugee FC, Athens’s 1st football team consisting of refugees & asylums seekers! Are you a refugee/asylum seeker & passionate for football? Come to Hope’s try outs, on Thursday Oct 12th & Friday Oct 13th. (Source: Hope Refugee FC-Αθλητική Ελπίδα Προσφύγων)



Those who choose to remain “stateless” to get deported


Photo: Brigitte Boitel
Source: Timothy Perkins



Event link with more information: here
A mother who witnessed her 18-year old son being deported to Afghanistan, while she and her other child were allowed to stay in Sweden. A number of dangers possibly await for her son in the country they escaped from. (Photo: Abdul Ghafoor)

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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