AYS DIGEST 20/11/2016 — Universal Children’s Day or Universal mistreating day?

I have a name, not a number to remember- Baobab Experience


Today, 100,000 children are being targeted with bombs in East Aleppo and all access to medical care has been destroyed. Across Europe thousands of unaccompanied children are at risk of disappearing and exploitation in the absence of any government willing to take responsibility for them and 40 % of the 60,000 refugees trapped in Greece are children.

“Who’s lives are valued? If 24 planes carrying 4,646 tourists crashed into the sea there’d be public outrage & legal investigations” Equality Aware


After the recent attacks on the last hospitals in Aleppo, once again we get bad reports from the city. 23 civilians have been killed so far today by fighting between government and rebel forces in Eastern Aleppo, 12 of them children. At least another 32 people were injured. In addition another civil defense branch (Sakhour district) forced out of service as a result of a barrel bomb attack carried out by a Syrian regime chopper on the complex. Northern Aleppo is witnessing repetitive use of cluster bombs carried out by Russian Air Force. Hospitals in Aleppo are still out of service due to constant targeting, field hospitals have been set up in apartments on the front lines to avoid airstrikes. It is estimated that in 20 days eastern Aleppo which is under total siege will run out of food and medical supplies.

In Aleppo death toll since Tuesday soars past the 300 mark with more than 900 injured.


Today police evacuated the old train station at Pireaus port where some refugees have been finding shelter. There are still some people arriving at the capital from the islands and very few can get accommodation in the city so some people occupied this small building that was today locked by the police.

Police at the old train station at Pireaus port (Athens)


After the two days of violence at Souda camp on Chios the are reports of aggression today on the island of Samos with a friend of a volunteer witnessing uniformed and masked police throwing 4 refugees from the top of a refrigerated lorry. The officers then proceeded to beat and kick the 4 young men with such violence that she was sure they would result in severe injuries. They weren’t arrested, just beaten for trying to leave the island. After the refugees left the port she ran to them and asked if they needed assistance and to go to the hospital but they refused saying they had no broken bones. They tried to leave the island because they had been stuck for so long and being from Algeria they were constantly abused and picked on. The witness also heard from the driver of the truck where the refugees were found, which was crying, and saying that he could not handle any more these acts of violence which he sees regularly at the ports.

The Voices of Oraiokastro

From this camp in northern Greece comes an ironic statement listing the 5 freedoms set out by the European Union for keeping livestock in wearhouses:


From Chios we keep getting evidence of the recent violence of the past 2 days.

A tent destroyed by the fire
Several families end up sleeping on the street because of the attacks


Today the Greek islands saw many arrivals with 108 people landing on Lesvos, 94 on Chios and 15 on Samos being the total 217.


Today at Miksaliste the numbers of people served were:


Also from France we hear of mistreatment and injustice reported by Amnesty International. They tell us the story of two Sudanese men currently detained near Paris and are at risk of being returned to Sudan or they may suffer serious violations of their human rights.

Daily news digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and refugees on the route, but also for journalists and other parties.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store