AYS DIGEST 30/11: Winter arrives in force to Greece

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Petra camp this morning by Paul Carr

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It had been very cold for a while now in northern Greece and volunteers have been very busy trying to improve the difficult conditions the refugees live in around the country.

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Another angle from Petra, by Paul Carr
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Photos by Loïs Simac
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Photo by Refugee Support Greece
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Photo by Refugee Support Greece

Chios

The bad weather has also been felt on Chios for another day and many refugees couldn’t keep their tents from being blown apart by the strong winds.

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Photo by Gabrielle Tan

This rough sea conditions explain the low number of arrivals on the Greek islands today with only 20 registrations.

Athens

From the capital, once again, we get a report about sexual abuse of refugees.

UNHCR

There is some good news for three Syrian families that UNHCR has moved to apartments in the town of Livadia. Another 55 apartments will provide a home for more relocation candidates and vulnerable asylum seekers.

There has been a call for help from teams of volunteers.

Lighthouse Relief volunteers of Lesvos are fundraising because there is a critical shortage of shoes to provide for refugees. With winter fast approaching, nearly every refugee now arrives with soaking wet shoes, increasing the life threatening risk of hypothermia. Providing dry clothing is the fastest and most efficient response to hypothermia that Lighthouse Relief can provide. Unfortunately, NGOs across the island have exhausted the supply of shoes and, due to the reality of the crisis, demand outweighs supply. To support them please follow the link.

Syria

As regime forces gain ground in eastern Aleppo, rescue workers said more than 45 people had been killed in artillery bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Wednesday, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 50,000 people had been displaced by the fighting. The Civil Defense said in a message posted on its Telegram account that dozens more people had been wounded in the artillery attack it said had hit people displaced from eastern Aleppo. Most of the dead were women and children, it said.

Serbia

Today at Miksaliste centre a total of 357 people were served having 33 men, 31 women and 293 children.

Hungary

A Syrian refugee has been jailed for 10 years on terrorism charges in Hungary in a case that has become a cornerstone of the country’s crackdown on refugees, and which Amnesty International has called “an affront to justice”.

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Ahmed literaly on a leash during the trial

Italy

The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) has written to the mayor of Rome voicing alarm over the hundreds of migrants sleeping rough on the capital’s streets while thousands more with legal residency are forced to live in squats.

UK

Samara’s Aid Appeal has asked an urgently for donations to send to Syria and Iraq. They need:

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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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