AYS Daily Digest 24/6/2017: New information from 13 detention centres in Libya

Deportation from Germany to Afghanistan postponed / Solidarity to Athens squat from European activists / Updates from Greece, Serbia, Italy and France

Hasan Bleibel Art (Art Against)

Feature: Information on Libyan detention centres

Information from governmental sources were collected in the first half of July by the Libya’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).

Detention centres investigated (DTM)
  • Three of the 13 centres held over 500 migrants present at the day of assessment: Trig al Shook, Gharyan Al Hamra and Trig al Seka
  • Seven had health services available and referral services to hospital for ill migrants.
  • Many adults fell ill in the last month, with reported cases of hepatitis and scabies.
  • Three had either no ventilation system or only ones working irregularly.
  • In one centre no functioning latrines are available (Al Kufra), while limited availability are reported in other four centres.
  • Government provides food in all centres, from one to three times a day. Migrants also were reported to have irregular access to drinking water in three centres: Benghazi al Wafiah, Salah Aldin and Tobruk.
  • In nine of 13 centres migrants enjoyed access to outdoor spaces less than half the day.
  • In only one centre migrants have access to legal services (Benghazi al Wafiah), while only two run a psychosocial support program.
  • There’s no access to internet or printed media, while television is accessible in three centres. In seven centres mobile phones are not allowed.

Frontex data: Growing numbers in arrivals in May

According to Frontex data there were around 27 000 detections of illegal border crossings on the four main migratory routes into the EU in May. The total number of detections in the first five months of 2017 fell 75% from the same period of last year to 84 000, although the number of migrants arriving in Italy remained above the figures from a year ago.

Solidarity actions with Zoudochou Pigis 119, Papouchadiko, City Plaza

As reported yesterday, the Coordination of Refugee Squats (City Plaza, Notara 26, Oniro, Spyrou Trikoupi, Arahovis, 5th School, Jasmine School, Acharnon 22) in Athens called for yesterdays international day of action “Hands off the squats”. In the call activists demanded to keep the squats open, to close the camps and detention centers, to cancel the shameful EU-Turkey deal, to open the borders and stated that “you can’t evict a movement!”

Greek islands still over capacity

Capacity and occupancy map (UNHCR)


In celebration of Eid, Khora will host two days of food, music and dancing. Kids activities will run from 3pm (Education floor) throughout the day and dinner will be served at 6 30pm (Khora Cafe) followed by music and dancing!

Volunteers needed!

Syrian American Medical Society Global Response (SRG) calls for volunteer physicians and nurses with experience in primary health care to join our upcoming medical missions to the Greek islands (Chios, Lesvos, Samos, Leros and Kos). Missions are set to start soon. For more information, please visit their website and facebook page.

Fundrainsing for No one is illegal summer camp (Bologna, August 21st — September 2nd)

Accoglienza Degna (Reception with dignity) is a project started by the political collective “Làbas” which has previously campaigned on housing and immigration policies in Italy. It’s a social dormitory for refugees and homeless people in Bologna, managed by volunteers, activists and guests altogether. It housed over 40 refugees and currently hosts 13 people.

Hiding on the Serbian-Croatian border

The German organisation Umino published yesterday and today updates from their volunteers on the Serbian-Croatian border. Groups of refugees are living in very remote areas, trying to hide from police controls. We frequently reported about the brutal attitude of both Serbian and Croatian police towards refugees. Umino volunteers got in contact with a group of 10 Ahghani living without proper provisions. They managed to reach them and deliver much needed food and clothing donations. They were running out of food and water and lacked proper shoes. Among them there are five boys between 13 and 19 years old. Some of their relatives are in Afghanistan, while others are scattered in other countries in the middle east, in England and Germany. The youngest of them escaped the Taliban recruitment and doesn’t have any contacts with his parents.

Refugees on the Serbia-Croatia border (Umino)

Refugee reported dead in Adasevci

A refugee living in Adasevci informed AYS that two persons allegedly fell down yesterday from a container near Adasevci gas station. One of them broke is neck and lost his life, while the other is seriously injured and is now in Belgrade hospital. They are both from Afghanistan, aged 16 and 17. The container was going towards Bulgaria and they jumped from the high-speed running container. We will add more info in the coming days

Fitness classes in Presevo and Bujanovac

Borderfree association has recently started new fitness classes for girls and women.

Women only fitness class in Presevo and Bujanovac (Borderfree association)

Deportation postponed

ECADA, European Citizens Against Deportations to Afghanistan and media sources report that a deportation planned for June 28th has been officially postponed after the plans for the flight had been leaked. A nationwide outcry of Human Rights Groups and other NGOs found its way to the media pressured the government to halt the deportation.
The government stresses, however, that the flight was postponed due to the German Embassy having been hit severely in Kabul blast and that embassy staff was therefore not able to take care of the necessary logistics.

A difficult summer in Calais

Following last few days declarations from several French officials (reported in previous digests), L’Auberge des migrants call for donations to get ready for a difficult summer, in a harsh political climate, to keep provide water, food and essential aid to the exiled of Calais.

Update from Paris

Sarah Fenby-Dixon, a volunteer published an update from Paris:

Another busy day. Thank you so much to all those who donated. I bought 300 pairs of socks, 150 pairs of boxers, 5 sleeping bags, coffee and cups for Solidarite and food for the Migrants Kitchen. Also met up with some Norway boys who needed advice etc

I was only able to go Porte de la Chapelle briefly but it’s clear that things are much more difficult. The police would not even let me stand near the centre while someone came to collect donations. Hundreds of people are still sleeping in squalid conditions, without even tents, at the side of the road.
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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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