AYS DIGEST 08/01 — Ceasefire not holding in Syria

Calls for help as refugees keep freezing in Greece/ Donations needed in Serbia/ 801 refugees sent to Turkey / 900 human traffickers detained in Germany last year/ Police deliberately threaten refugees lives

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Photo by Gabriel Tizon/ Art Against

Syria

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, which monitors attacks and casualties in the conflict, says there have been a total of 178 violations of the ceasefire deal since it was announced on December 29. They report 11 civilian casualties, including one woman, two children, and an unborn baby, most of them killed by Syrian regime forces. This report, made with statements of survivors, victims families, and witnesses as well as imagery of the attacks says 160 breaches were by Assad forces. Most of these were in Hama Province (55) and Homs Province (30), followed by Aleppo and Daraa Provinces (19 each), and Idlib Province (14). In addition, the SNHR claims 14 breaches by Russia: six in Aleppo, five in Idlib, and three in Hama. The four breaches by rebels were in Aleppo and Hama.

Greece

In some parts of Greece, especially on the islands, refugees endure extreme low temperatures as the cold front from the north continues to sweep the country. The forecast predicts very low temperatures and snowfall throughout the country until at least Wednesday so special measures are needed to minimize the harsh weather conditions.

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Photo by MSF Sea
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Photo by Gabriel Tizon/ Art Against
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Photo by Gabriel Tizon/ Art Against

Athens

From the capital there’s also requests for volunteers. METAdrasi is looking for persons who are fluent both in English (and/or Greek) and in one of the following languages, in order to attend an Interpreters’ Training Seminar, free of charge, with employment prospects in Greece:
Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Sorani Kurdish, Kurmanji Kurdish, Urdu/Punjabi, Pashto, Georgian, Mandarin Chinese, Somali, Sinhala, Berber, Bengali, Lingala, Swahili, Tamil, Hindi, Tigrinya, Albanian.

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EU

European officials deported 801 people to Turkey in 2016, and over half of the deportations happened within two months of the controversial March deal between the EU and Turkey, Germany’s “Welt am Sonntag” weekly newspaper reported. Under the EU-Turkey agreement, the influx should match the returns but the paper claims that 2,672 Syrians legally arrived in the EU from Turkey, with over 1,000 being resettled in Germany.

Serbia

Refugees continue to endure very hard conditions in Belgrade. Near the bus station (Afghans park) on Saturday at 8 am, the temperature was -17. Refugees suffer cold, hunger, alienation and an unknown fate.

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Photo by Esam M Esam
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Photo by Esam M Esam

Italy

At Como 58 refugees are sleeping rough, 2 of them are minors.

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Photo by Como senza frontiere

Germany

There have been 900 arrests for human trafficking last year, considerably fewer than in 2015. Germany weekly “Welt am Sonntag” reported on Sunday that up until the end of November 2016, 906 people had been detained by Germany’s Federal Police, compared to 3,370 traffickers for all of 2015.

France

Doctors without borders said today the police is confiscating the covers from refugees in Paris.

After the destruction of tents, police confiscates covers from migrants in the streets of Paris, in the middle of the winter

UK

Calais Action is asking for help from British citizens to put pressure on politicians in the UK and to consider donating to help the team on the field.

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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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