AYS News Digest 24.11.16: Fire in Lesvos camp leads to the death of two refugees, eight more seriously injured.

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The deadly fire in Moria has taken at least two lives. Photo Credit: Proactiva Open Arms


Rebels agree to UN plan for aid delivery to besieged East Aleppo. Russian and regime approval needed.

The UN estimates that there are 874,000 civilians under siege throughout Syria, 750,000 of which are being besieged by government forces. Of those, 275,000 civilians are under siege in rebel-occupied East Aleppo. The city is starved for resources, and its residents face almost daily bombardment from the Syrian regime and its Russian allies. In light of this, it remains quite difficult to bring food and other necessities into the city. The last UN delivery took place on November 13, and the fear of starvation always lingers. Hundreds of trucks remain on standby to bring much-needed resources into the besieged area, but the Syrian regime and the Russians have not yet approved the plan.

Doctors and civil servants in Eastern Aleppo ask for humanitarian airdrops into the city.


Online shop for crafts made by Syrian refugees.

The Imece Shop is open for business! Syrian refugees have begun to sell their crafts, the proceeds of which will go towards helping the refugees living in Turkey, who live in infamously dreadful conditions. They are currently selling bags, T-shirts, and bracelets. You may find their selection here.


Refugees in Harmanli Center clash with police.

Hundreds of refugees protested after being told that they will be unable to leave the camp. Tires were set alight and refugees threw stones at police, who returned fire and even used rubber bullets and water canons in retaliation. Following an initial calming of tensions, demonstrations continued well into the night. The curtailment of the refugees’ freedom of movement came as a result of pressure placed on the government by right wing ideologues and their supporters.


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A total of 70 new registrations today, 57 in Chios and 13 on other islands.

Yellow Aid Truck down, they need your help!

Yellow Aid Truck distributes food, warm clothing, and provides transportation for refugees daily. The repairs are estimated to cost 700 euro. If you can afford it, you may give at the link below.

Organization seeking volunteer translators for Arabic, Farsi, and Kurmanci!


Refugee from Afghanistan commits suicide in Šid.

The body of a 23 year old refugee from Afghanistan was found at 6am on Thursday morning. His body was found not far from the Adaševci reception center. His friends say that he was traveling alone without family. He had made several attempts to cross the border into Hungary, but to no avail. His friends noticed that he was missing a few days ago, and reported it to reception center authorities.

Asylum Info Center in Belgrade helps refugees.

The center provides refugees with knowledge of their rights, internet, clothing, translation, and counseling. They also help refugees to reach the asylum and reception centers in Serbia, and give referrals to other organizations which may provide legal aid, identification, family reunification, and searching for missing persons. The center is located on Nemanjina Street 3 in Belgrade, and their website may be found at www.crpc.rs. You may call them at +381 60 099 16 34.


Refugee boy almost dies as a result of beating at the hands of Hungarian police.

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Nazi-era terminology finds new life amid the stoking of anti-refugee sentiments.

The Independent reports that Nazi-era words such as Volksverrater (traitor of the people), Umvolkung (ethnic cleansing) and Lügenpresse (lying press)are increasingly heard in anti-refugee rallies and finding acceptance in larger sectors of German society. Such a tendency comes at a time when violence against refugees is escalating. There was a fivefold increase on refugee accommodations between 2014 and 2015, and a fourfold increase in crimes against refugees’ homes, a total of 1,031. It comes as no surprise that the ramping up of fascist rhetoric goes hand in hand with violence directed against refugees, and the problem is expected to get worse lest such sentiments are actively combated.

German court approves second-tier asylum for Syrian refugees.

The decision makes the argument that since there is no evidence that refugees returning to Syria will face persecution for having fled, there is no reason to provide them with full-fledged asylum. The case revolved around a woman in a Schleswig court, who was told that she would need to provide proof that she would face persecution on returning to Syria.

Syrian baby named after Angela Merkel denied asylum.

The baby was born on December 27, and just as her family was preparing to celebrate her first birthday, they received word from the BAMF that their asylum application was rejected. The family will instead receive the above-mentioned subsidiary protection, which means that their family will be unable to join them for at least another 2 years.

Mobile Info Team provides free resources for refugees seeking to learn German.


France seeks to bribe refugees to return to their countries of origin.

The offer is valid until December 31, and promises to those who agree 2,500 euros, airfare to their country of origin, and up to 10,000 euros in financial aid to help refugees become economically stable. The French Immigration Office hopes to speed up departures, and estimates that 4,500 will be returned by the end of the year.

Safe Passage UK release their Calais Demolition Report.

The report, which may be read here, is full of valuable information, including lessons to be learned learned from the demolition, which might be useful for other NGOs.

An update from Paris.

A source reports that each night there is a growing number of new arrivals, with groups as large as 30 people showing up and looking for places to spend the night.


Clashes break out in Turin as tensions between refugees and local population grows.

Refugees were frightened on Wednesday night as two small explosions went off. After this, refugees living in the camp went out to the streets in an agitated mood, with media reporting that some of them damaged road signs and cars, and threw stones and bottles. The police were thankfully able to diffuse the tensions before anyone was hurt.


146 were rescued today by MOAs.

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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