AYS DAILY DIGEST 31/3/17: “Killing has many faces and stealing has many, too”

Refugees in Serbia face additional discrimination in a catch-22 bus SNAFU / Izmir refugee community struggling with hunger in off-season / Officials and refugee community members respond to attempted suicides in Greece / Urgent need for AB blood donors in Thessaloniki / A peek inside new container detention/transit centers in Hungary / Lord Dubs releases guide to helping refugees

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Hungarian transit camp. No child should grow up behind this fence. Photo courtesy of SIRIUS.HELP

FEATURE: Serbia

In an extensive investigative report by Radio Free Europe, discrimination against refugees and people transiting Serbia by private bus companies was brought to light. Citing concerns about “disinfection” and stating that some buses have been required to undergo maintenance after carrying refugees, often from Belgrade to Presevo, some bus fleet personnel are refusing to accept refugees onto the bus, even after they present a ticket.

“Serbian they are too good to us, they give us a lot of love. They give us a lot of love, Serbia people, Serbian police. You know they give us so much love we forget about Bulgaria, all the bad things are forgotten because of this kind of love.”

“Srpski ljudi su pre dobro nama, oni daje nama mnogo ljubav. srpski ljudi i policija daje nama mnogo ljubav tako vise da zaboravimo o Bulgarija i svi lose stvari da se desao tamo …”

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Fresh Response’s trusty borrowed white van has to go back home to Austria for its yearly service/maintenance, from around 15 April to 30 April. We rely on it every day for our food and NFI distributions. Any volunteers with a van who can join us in Subotica during these 2 weeks or more? Please send a message via our Facebook page if so.

TURKEY

Worldwide Tribe is raising money and support for refugees in Izmir, Turkey. They highlight that many refugees there are, of course, exploited by the local market, but that in between seasons, even this meager subsistence disappears as their labor is not needed in the fields and orchards.

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Photo courtesy of Worldwide Tribe

GREECE

URGENT: Thessaloniki

Chios

Referring to recent suicide attempts, Migration Minister Mouzalas stated that the situation on Chios has reached breaking point. Although 2,500 people have been transferred to the mainland, with plans for 1,500 more, with centers over capacity at 3,500 refugees residing there, the situation continues to be dire.

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Photo courtesy of Irene Liberte

May these words serve to catalyze real action, rather than the standard hemming and hawing of officials and eventual despair and slow response.

Our trainers are qualified and experienced chefs from Syria and Switzerland who together have developed a hands-on approach that seeks to develop the basic skills required to work in a kitchen. From knife skills, hygiene in the kitchen, to plate decoration, the course ensures our students receive a unique introduction to what it means to be a chef.

However, what sets this project apart from many other vocational courses is the fact that the food cooked by the participants during each session is the dinner provided to our students in the school. We have constructed an end-to-end virtuous supply chain. At each point there is compassion, love and social development taking place.

Read more about the project here!

Athens

Refugee Info Bus is now in Athens and is looking for team members. They are looking for speakers of English and Greek, Arabic, Farsi, and Dari in order to help the work.

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In the Loop for islands of Greece. Courtesy, NewsThatMoves
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In the Loop for mainland Greece. Courtesy of News that Moves.

HUNGARY

SIRIUS.HELP released their first impressions on the transit container camps at Tompa and Röszke. They are not yet finished, yet all refugees and migrants have been placed in them since March 28th. They bear some tiny good news however.

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Photo courtesy of SIRIUS.HELP

EU

Below is a helpful yet disturbing chart indicating the vast disparity in Asylum Seeker allowances across Europe. The chart is one in the series ONE EUROPE — DIFFERENT POLICIES — UNEQUAL RIGHTS FOR REFUGEES which was designed by the Refugee Ideas and Solutions for Europe organization after consultation with over a dozen refugee communities across Europe.

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Photo Courtesy of RISE

UK

The now-famous Lord Alf Dubs has released a helpful guide to helping sponsor or resettle refugees in the UK. With all the world’s attention on the triggering of article 50, it can be easy to lose sight of the practical and pragmatic ways for the community to get involved. The guide called “Welcoming Syrian Refugees” provides comprehensive information from getting an organization assembled, to fundraising, to volunteering, to integration. Although it is targeted at Syrian refugees, it clearly can be easily adapted to any refugee community. Check it out below!

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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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