AYS DAILY DIGEST 30.1.17 — Third man in Moria Camp dies, another hospitalized.

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“We wonder how many deaths it will take for the government to wake up,” said Stavros Theodorakis, leader of the To Potomi party. The two prior deaths, of people living in the same tent, were reported by Greek media as the result of fume inhalation. The police currently believe that the victims, before going to sleep, had moved a coal burner into their tent to provide the tent with better heating. The tent’s poor ventilation, it is believed, caused carbon monoxide poisoning. The coroner’s tests have been inconclusive thus far.

Regardless of the exact cause, the ultimate responsibility likely falls on the authorities’ failure to provide refugees with livable conditions. In the first two deaths, if they were indeed the result of carbon monoxide poisoning, the tragedy could have been avoided if the refugees were being accommodated in well-insulated structures with proper air circulation. The problem is further exacerbated by the overcrowded conditions in the camps, and Greek authorities’ failure to transport more refugees to the mainland. Many of the camps on the islands are over capacity, meaning that already scarce resources have to be distributed for a greater number of people, which of course increases the risks to peoples’ lives.

We can only hope that the man currently hospitalized recovers, and that reforms are made to further prevent easily avoidable deaths. Looking at the Greek government’s current track record however, one is unfortunately not filled with hope of a better future.


Photos from Souda Camp capture the precariousness of life on the islands

New edition of Rumour Debunkings released

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Classes for refugee children open in Athens

InterVolve releases class schedule in Softex for next week


A total of 257–287 refugees have arrived on Chios in the month of January, depending on which source is referenced.

EKO Kitchen to cease operations in Vasilika

Support group for LGBT refugees in Greece founded

30 69 45 24 76 13 (Arabic العربية/English)
30 69 48 59 43 77 (Farsi فارسی/English)

They may also be reached by email at LGBTrefugeesgreece@gmail.com. All communications are of course kept strictly confidential.


Cars of Hope Wuppertal begins soup kitchen project in Belgrade, asks for your support

We have begun work in Belgrade. Together with Soulwelders and refugees, we hope to build a soup kitchen here. It is very cold here and just about everything is running short. We will also build and distribute furnaces because of the cold.

The direct consequences of EU border closure are plain to see: hunger, cold, and the removal of peoples’ dignity.

Through supporting our crowdfunding campaign or by making a bank transfer to our account, you may not only support our work, but you make it possible in the first place. We thus ask for contributions to one of the following accounts.

Cars of Hope also has a crowdfunding campaign for its work with refugees in Greece and Serbia, here or through one of the accounts provided before.

Paypal account: carsofhopewtal@gmx.de

Bank account:
Account holder: Sozialtal e.V.
Iban: DE80 3305 0000 0000 6968 49
Purpose: Cars Of Hope


Mediterranean deaths continue to steadily rise

These deaths, it should be pointed out, are completely avoidable and could be reduced significantly, if not completely, by giving refugees the ability to come into Europe by other means. Though the smugglers whose actions directly bring about the regular sinkings along the route are directly responsible, it is important to remember that smugglers are empowered by EU policy which does not give people alternative courses of action. Europe’s lamentations of death will be empty of meaning so long as European actions continue to put people in situations that do not allow them to reach safety and livable conditions.


European Commission reports progress in the formation of a new Border and Coast Guard


Rooms offered to those stranded in the UK because of Trump immigration ban


Black Lives Matters in Toronto calls for action against Islamophobia and racism

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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