Even as the war is still raging in Iraq and Syria, the first trial over war crimes in Syria is to be held in Germany. All the while, the number of refugees stranded in Greece continues to rise, with new recorded deaths on the coast of Italy. Eurostat came out with new data on unaccompanied minors with an all time high number. With no real solution in sight, European governments are still trying to prolong ID check-ups on Schengen borders, and while they wait, France evicts 1600 refugees from the camp in the north of the country. Calais teams asking for help. There are also many more calls for help from solidarity teams in Greece.

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Storm destroys tents in Idomeni. Photo credit: David Lohmueller
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GENERAL

88,300 unaccompanied minors came to Europe last year

GREECE

Weather report from Sao and United Rescue Aid WARNING:

Strong winds and high waves of the coast of Chios, Lesvos, Kos, Kastelorizo and Leros. Humid and rainy with possibility of thunderstorms.

Numbers of refugees in Greece still high with 64 new arrivals on Greek islands

Volunteers are being harassed around Moria detention center

As the numbers in Greece are staying at their all time high, there are a lot of calls for help. Volunteers needed all around. Please read.

Port of #Piraeus: 1) Terminal E1: contact: Negia Milian; 2) Schoolbox Project (at E1) — 11am to 6pm contact: Kirsty Turner; 3) Terminal E1.5 (Stone Warehouse): contact: Vilelmini-vilma Andrioti; 4) Mens Showers at E1.5; 5) Womens Showers at E1.5; 6) Schoolbox Project (1)from 6 May to E1.5) — 11am to 6pm; 7) Translators at the port of Piraeus: contact: Ayren-Marie Kelly

Help is also needed in the listed Squats: 1) Notara 26; 2) Themistokleous 58; 3) Merlie Oktaviou 19; 4) Aristotelous St; 5) Hotel Plaza.

Besides the port and the squats, we have received a call for volunteers to go to Ellinikon Warehouse — from 11–6pm and Womens Beauty Salon — Praxis homeless centre near Larissa station, contact: Mina Mohit +30 695 5935494

Disaster Tech Lab is looking for volunteers with IT expertise to volunteer in Ritsona, OInofyta, Athens, Malakasa and Skaramangas. For more follow the link http://bit.ly/1Ococ9o

People from #Polykastro warehouse are also sending a call for more help: “The warehouse needs your help-there are mountains of boxes to be sorted, and only a few volunteers at the moment working there around the clock. If you can spare a couple of hours, please drop by and lend a hand! If you want to donate aid to the warehouse, it MUST be approved first by Aslam Obaid. Message him through Facebook, or email at aslam7891@hotmail.com.”

#EkoProject team working in the Eko station near Idomeni is calling for volunteers, too. If you can help with any kind of activity, contact them on (0030) 6931400005 and join the team. Also, if you specifically want to work in a women’s space that is soon to be open or if you have any ideas and are willing to help, please call Giada on: 694 303 6673 or WhatsApp only: +61 416 816 202.

As we have already reported, bad weather conditions took their toll on #Idomeni. Heavy rain storms and strong winds have destroyed many tents and people’s belongings. Volunteers are busy day and night to provide shelter for many families who had lost their homes. There is a constant need for volunteers to help out our Shelter Team and the many other independent and small organizations providing humanitarian aid to refugees. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/1TrxvnA

Hotel Plaza, home to more than 220 people, is being run by a solidarity network of refugees and volunteers. Volunteers are always needed.

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Hotel Plaza Kitchen. Photo credit: Moving Europe.

In more promising news, the squatted Hotel Plaza in Athens is still operating. Hotel Plaza is located at Acharnon 78 and Katrivanou, Athina 104 34 and it’s run by the Solidarity to Political and Economic Refugees (initiative) Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza. Contact address: solidarity2refugees@gmail.com. Hotel Plaza is currently home to 220 people, 9 of whom are unaccompanied minors, 12 families with no husband and 107 children. Afghans, Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Palestinians, Kurds, and Moroccans are living there together. Some solidarity people are staying on the 1st floor.

The hotel has strict rules if you want to stay there — no alcohol, no drugs, no sexism and no violence of any kind. There might be capacity for more, but be aware that this will be decided by the reception committee. Independent volunteers can go to help at any time. They are welcome and needed. Please report to the reception and you will be advised what needs to be done. Volunteers can bring anything — can ask at reception first for needs list or see the published list on the Facebook page — for now, everything is welcome. For further information, please visit their Facebook page.

MACEDONIA

Macedonian officials report 800 attempts for illegal crossing from #Idomeni in 48hrs (reported at 4:23 AM — 2 May 2016)

HUNGARY

First migrants arrive in Körmend camp.

Judge orders new translation in Horgos-Röszke case.

ITALY

According to the latest survivor testimonies, from 20 to 30 refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea on the 29th of April, after a dinghy sank. The smuggler from Mali, Yosuf Thiarè, has been arrested with the accusation of supporting clandestine migration and murder; the witnesses confirm that he could do nothing as the dinghy sank, but they also mentioned that he had had an agreement with some Libyans to lead a vessel too small for 120–130 people. 99 survived to the event, saved by Spanish boat Numancia, which had already rescued 346 people. For more info, see Rai News in Italian.

700 migrants saved around Sicilian coasts.

GERMANY

First trial over war crimes in Syria to take place in Germany.

Germany, along with several EU states, to ask EU to prolong inter-Schengen border controls for another 6 months.

FRANCE

1600 people were evicted from Place de Stalingrad.

Calais needs your help.

People to People Solidarity — Action from UK kindly asks for donations of trousers: small sizes, slim fit, joggers are especially loved. Please contact clare@care4calais.org.

UK

Merseyside councils are willing to receive refugees from Syria.

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