Greece: Vulnerable lives on Hold

Nieuws, gepost door: Pro Asyl op 28/05/2016 05:05:29

Wanneer: 28/05/2016 - 18:36

On March 8, 2016, following a gradual restriction since February 2016 of access to the Balkan route based on ethnic origin criteria, the border between Greece and FYROM (Macedonia) was closed for all third-country nationals.

In the aftermath of this closure, over 54,000 refugees – about 60% of who are women and children – have suddenly become trapped in Greece. There are hundreds of disabled and elderly people, cancer patients and persons suffering from other severe chronic or incurable diseases, as well as psychologically traumatized persons, pregnant women, families with new-borns and unaccompanied minors. A very high percentage of them is estimated to be admissible for
family reunification or relocation. All these people are barely surviving the inhumane and devastating conditions in the reception centres, while at the same time the dirty deal agreed by Turkey and Europe turned the hot spots on the islands of the Aegean into detention- and deportation centres, keeping out those who were planning to follow. Within the framework of the PRO ASYL project “Refugee Support Program in the Aegean” (RSPA), this report was collated based on research conducted for the RSPA-Newsletter by the colleagues Salinia Stroux and Chrissi Wilkens and the firsthand accounts of refugees in Greece.

Aid Delivery Mission Idomeni

It was never in our interest to cooperate with military camps, however the dramatic and horrendous state of the current situation forces us to act.
Today, after an emergency call, we were informed that 500 people in the military camp Kolochori, near Olympou, have been living off one sandwich a day for over a week. The 200 children in this camp, who already suffer from extreme psychological pressure, now additionally show a severe vitamin deficiency.
We will be there tonight, serving shorba (soup) and fruits, trying to bring some instant relief to the hellhole Kolochori.
We invite media to join us and document the absolute negligent treatment of people in Kolochori camp.
Will this be the last time we have to be the Band-Aid for a septic wound or will this rushed and unprepared system get it’s act together and stitch itself up helping those who are most vulnerable and need help the most?
Updates will follow.


Some moments from the Sindos camp. Most of the people are Syrian nationals. They will have to stay in those halls for the next months. The tents do accommodate 5–8 people. 600 people do share 40 toilettes and 14 showers. Cooking is not allowed in the camp. More than a third of total inhabitants are children, 50% of those are not even 2 years old, 2 women are in their 9 month pregnancy. And Europe does not find a solution.

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