AYS Daily News Digest 22.5.2016

U.S. Commander checks in on SDF allies on Saturday in “Secret, but not secret” meeting. World Humanitarian Summit opens, with criticism. Pre-registration begins in Greece, end of May. Nearly 55,000 stranded in Greece: overcrowding pools dangerously. Chios Hunger Strike: “if we go away, the whole world will be shamed”. Serious flooding in Greek camps and police restrictions endanger civilians; Idomeni evacuation may commence Tuesday. Divided Austria may elect first far-right President. UK detention center internet access regulations prevent individuals from obtaining crucial information. Canada Border Services Agency lacks proper oversight, allowing detained migrants and refugees to die in mysterious circumstances.

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Photo credit: Idomeni Cultural Center

SYRIA

U.S. Commander checks in on SDF allies on Saturday in “secret, but not secret” meeting

TURKEY

World Humanitarian Summit opens, but will face an upward climb to lofty goals

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Image credit: Heba Aly

Volunteer Opportunities, Istanbul Area

GREECE

The end of Skype? Pre-registration begins in Greece, end of May.

54,129 people stranded in Greece: overcrowding pools dangerously

Strong weather warnings for Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos through Monday evening, with predictions of strong, gusty winds.

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Image credit: Chios Hunger Strike Facebook Page

Chios Hunger Strike: “if we go away, the whole world will be shamed…”

“…[W]e are holding on our opened hunger strike for the 6 day and we will continue until we get what want or go away. It is our fight between us and all the world, if which country saves us, we and our children will thank it forever, or if we go away the whole world will be shamed because they couldn’t save us,” says one participant.

Serious flooding in Greek camps and police restrictions endanger civilians;

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Photo credit: Idomeni Cultural Center

Idomeni reports increasing police regulations; possible evacuation on Tuesday

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Photo Credits: Paul Carr

Idomeni Call for Volunteers

AUSTRIA

Divided Austria may elect first far-right President

with campaign posters railing that Hofer is the only one who “will stop the immigrants.”

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Calais “Jungle” Photo Credit: Help4RefugeeChildren

UK

UK Home Office detention center internet access regulations prevent individuals from obtaining information crucial to their cases

CANADA

Canada Border Services Agency lacks proper oversight, allowing detained migrants and refugees to die in mysterious circumstances

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