AYS Daily Digest 16/08/17: Discussing “migrants health” with Libya, who aren’t really famous for providing it

People saved in the Mediterranean by few remaining NGOs / Suicide bombers kills 28 people in Nigeria / Volunteers needed in Athens and Dunkirk / New project for women in Greece / Increase in arrivals to Spain / Deportation in Finland stopped / Stockholm sit-in develops as schools starts again / And more news…

Photo: Art Against / by: Gary Waters


IOM, UNHCR and the Libyan authorities yesterday met to discuss on the topic “Migrants Health in Libya”. It was a part of a bigger project named “Promoting health and wellbeing among migrants in Morocco, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen.” The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.


MOAS saved 111 people, of whom 4 women and 9 children yesterday. The #Aquarius took them onboard after MOAS first rescued them with #Phoenix.

Photos: Narciso Contreras.

“And we say:
We never wanted to leave our beautiful houses, streets and families. War happen and it happens

I want you to look back less than 100 years ago, did you want WW1 and WW2 to happen?”


28 people killed and at least 82 people injured after a suicide bombing on Wednesday in the town Mandarari. The attack was performed by three female suicide bombers, and after the first assailant blew herself up in the air panic broke out. Soon after that the other two women triggered their explosives, which caused most of the damages. In August alone approximately 72 people have been killed in northeast Nigeria according to unofficial toll based on media reports. The terror network Boko Haram is present and has increased their presence this year, after the president Muhammadu Buhari was elected in 2015 and temporary managed to get the situation more under control.



Photo: InterVolve


The Spanish coastguard announced on Wednesday it had rescued 339 people aboard seven makeshift boats in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar between Morocco and Spain, a route more and more borrowed by migrants.


No One is Illegal had arranged a summer camp for multinational volunteers to be held at Labas Bologna Italy from August 21st for two weeks, however it was raided last week by police and closed down. Unfortunately, the summer camp is now cancelled. The plan was to renovate a kitchen, classroom and other rooms to make it habitable for refugees, but also for Bologna’s homeless people.

Photo: No one is Illegal, Italy


Volunteers needed in Dunkirk! Get in touch with Dunkirk Refugee Ground Support Network if you wanna join them.

Photo: Isis Aurora Mera


FWRD — Festival Waste Reclamation and Distribution is coming with an update. If you have time over, are in U.K. and wanna help the following weeks, here is a message. Help Refugees are involved and many people will benefit from the efforts:


Yesterday a deportation from Finland to Iraq was stopped due to resistance from fellow passengers. As the film at Stop Deportations fb-page shows, violence was involved. People questioned what was going on, “why are you doing this?” someone in the video says.


Heléne Fritzon, the new Swedish Migration Minister, have had an intense start at her new job. She shortly visited the youths at Medborgarplatsen last Thursday, but still she has not changed her mind. In the Swedish Radio this morning she, Jan Björklund (the liberal partys leader) and Fredrik Beijer (chief of law at the Migration Agency) was in a debate about the ongoing protest and the infected issue concerning deportations to Afghanistan.

Fatemeh has everyones attention when she speaks to the crowd in the megaphone. Photo: AYS

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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