AYS Daily News Digest 21.07 — The terrorists are winning

Following last month’s bombing of the Rukban border crossing, which killed 7 guards, the last crossing point available for refugees has been closed and basic necessities such as food and water are scarce for those camping on the border. Some of the children and elderly have died as a result of dehydration and malnutrition, and few organizations are able to help the refugees on location. Reverting to base instincts and shutting down borders means that the terrorists have completed their objective, and may very well lead to the disillusionment of those who now find themselves with nowhere to go.

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Refugees protesting in Oreokastro Camp in Greece asking for better food. The food provided in Greek camps is known to be of questionable quality. Photo Credit: Rezan Boyraz

Jordan

Refugees are stranded near the Jordanian border with little access to food and water.

Medical volunteers are needed for October!

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Greece

HRW report details the shocking mistreatment that unaccompanied minors encounters.

“Babrak K.,” a 16-year-old boy from Afghanistan, said that before being transferred to the station in northwest Greece where Human Rights Watch spoke to him, he spent five days in a nearby police station in a windowless, vermin-infested basement cell. He said that four people shared three mattresses on the floor, and that the toilet had no door. He said that food was thrown into the cell through a small slot in the door and that because detainees were not provided with cups, he drank water from a discarded food container.

Reminder: pre-registration for refugees living outside the camps will end on July 30!

A message for potential short-term volunteers.

Macedonia

19 suspected members of a gang suspected of smuggling hundreds have been arrested.

France

Help Refugees and L’Auberge des Migrants have released the results of a population of “The Jungle” of Calais.

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The results of a survey conducted by the population of “The Jungle” in Calais.
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Statement of solidarity from Calais refugees in the aftermath of the dreadful Nice attack. Photo Credit: Help Refugees

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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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