AYS DAILY DIGEST 30.4.2017: Another possible tragedy in the Mediterrenean

MSF rescue boat recovers four bodies off the Lybian coast//Donations and volunteers needed in Greece and Serbia//Police pressure on food distributions continues in France//

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Photo by Jugend Rettet

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Another possible tragedy in the Mediterrenean

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Photo by MSF Sea

This new tragedy shows how vital NGOs are to prevent even more deaths. Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano however has decided to blame NGOs for the situation and has backed prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro, who claimed without proof, that some aid groups are colliding with smugglers and could even be financed by them.

Greece

Arrivals on Samos

Report from Moria

Donations & Volunteers needed

The Truck Shop needs new clothes and hygiene donations in order to continue distributions and is ready to accept containers. The full list of needed items is available here while other donation needs throughout Europe can be found on the NeedsList (including an urgent call for sleeping bags in Calais).

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Serbia

Update from the Get Shit Done Team

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Photo by Get Shit Done Team

The Get Shit Done Team has recently installed 15 portable toilets and built a structure for hand washing for the refugees living in the Barracks in Belgrade. The team is still looking for volunteers to build new showers, shade structures and other things that will become even more urgent during the summer months.

Belgraid meanwhile is in urgent need of donations for its new food and NFI distribution.

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France

Police pressure on food distributions continues

Volunteers nevertheless continue to cook and the Refugee Community Kitchen in particular is in desperate need of chefs and volunteers — you can contact them under refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com

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Photo by Vivien Dale

Germany

Neues Deutschland reports on the increasing number of cases of “church asylum” in Germany. In 2016, 1139 people found protection against deportation in churches up from 1,015 refugees in 2015. Most cases fall under Dublin, with people facing imminent deportation to Italy, Hungary or Bulgaria, but there is also an increased number of Afghan refugees as Germany accelerates its deportations to that country.

German authorities respect the sanctuary of churches and will not deport someone who found shelter there, and instead re-considering these cases individually. In 2016, in 397 out of 417 completed cases refugees were finally protected from deportation.

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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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