“Never Again”…

The Greek government is taking the “pandemic excuse” even one step further. They have already kept all camps under lockdown for months, now they will close the camps for good. Children and families will be put behind barbed wire, in the new “prisons” on Lesvos and Chios.

Yesterday it was announced by the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum, that there will be built a fence around Moria, at a cost of 854.000 Euros, by a local contractor, due to be finished in only two months. Also land areas around the existing structure in Moria has been rented, to build this new closed structure, a prison for people seeking safety.

Many believe that it’s only a fence, shouldn’t be to problematic right.. But when we talk about guard towers, double fencing with a dead zone six meters wide, controlled entry-exit with cards and fingerprints, 24-hour surveillance system with cameras, baggage control systems and metal detectors, we are no longer talking about a camp, but a prison. Asylum seeker within these prison centers, will be treated as criminals who has committed serious offenses, and as prisoners, they will lose many of their basic rights.

The official number in Moria is 13.000 people, that would make this the biggest prison in Europe, housing not criminals, but children, families, vulnerable people seeking safety. The Greek right wing government is doing something that haven’t been done in Europe since the 1940s, funded and blessed by the EU..

Locals on the Aegean islands is once again stabbed in the back by their own government. They don’t want their islands to become prison islands, they have fought against the government on this many times before. Locals don’t want new camps, they don’t want bigger camps and they don’t want closed camps. They want people on their islands to be transferred to mainland, asylum applications processed, so that people can go on with their lives, because locals are desperate to go on with theirs.

The Greek government has tried to create closed camps for over a year, but EU was not willing to back it up with funding. EU wouldn’t fund it due to the fact that it would be inhuman to put asylum seekers and refugees behind bars. Now it seems like the attitude from the EU has changed. How we can treat people, who comes to us for help, so disgracefully, is beyond my comprehension..

Europe is on a dangerous course, values that we once held high seems to have been forgotten..

Alarming Trends!

In the last two weeks, there has been an increase in bigger boats trying to cross from Turkey towards the Greek Aegean islands. These boats are usually old, in very bad condition, and can’t be seen as anything else than death traps.

A total of 450 people have tried to cross on 4 of these bigger boats in the last ten days.

August 25thA boat carrying 98 people went down outside Rhodes, 96 people rescued, 2 missing.

August 26thA boat carrying 145 people tried to cross towards Lesvos north, picked up by TCG outside Ayvacik.

September 2thA boat carrying 77 people tried to cross towards Lesvos south, picked up by TCG outside Karaburun.

September 3thA boat carrying 130 people tried to cross towards Chios, picked up by TCG outside Cesme.

The Smugler’s pack these boats with people, without any consideration on how many people these boats can carry. Usually they put children and women under deck, to protect them from the wetter, but the same people will be trapped inside the boat if the boat capsizes. Life jackets are usually not used, it would take up to much room in the boat, and Smugler’s won’t allow it.

We have seen boats like this go down in the past with catastrophic consequences, overload and in bad condition, it could capsize even under good weather conditions.

If this alarming trend continues, we will have a major disaster on our hands, again!

It’s not a question of if, but when..

The First Case Of COVID-19 In Moria!

The first coronavirus case reported in the notorious Moria refugee camp, on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos. The camp is placed under quarantine lockdown for the next 14 days.

A 40 year old man has tested positive for COVID-19, and what humanitarian workers have feared has become reality.

A team from the National Organization of Public Health(EODY) is expected to arrive, to try to trace people whom he might have been in contact with.

Moria house about 13.000 people, who is crammed together under extremely poor conditions, EODY will have a difficult task trying to track the virus inside Moria, Europe’s biggest refugee camp.

A lockdown would mean that any entry or exit from the structure will be prohibited, and there will be a enhanced police presence to enforce the 24 hours curfew of the camp. How this will be implemented in a camp where most of the people lives outside the fence, and the fence in the office structure is full of holes, remains to be seen.

The Ministry of Migration and Asylum is already trying to use this for political gain, and states that this incident reinforces the need to implement the work of creating a closed controlled structure in Moria, basically a prison.

We said “never again”…

2. September 2015, Alan Kurdi(3), was found drowned outside Bodrum, Turkey.

The picture of his lifeless body moved a whole world, and inspired thousands of people to get involved in the refugee crisis in the Aegean Sea.

Aylan’s father, Abdulla Kurdi, who lost his wife and two children said “let these be the last to die, and let their death not be in vain.

5 years later, people are still dying in the attempt to reach safety in Europe. Hundreds of children have died since the day Aylan drowned, his death seems to have been in vain..

We said “never again”, and look where we are now, I’m so ashamed of what we have become..

In memory of Alan Kurdi(Aylan Shenu)

The Hypocrisy Continues…

The Greek minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachi, is “celebrating” that there has been no arrivals on a Lesvos the last three weeks.

“Three weeks in a row(20 days) with no arrivals on Lesvos, haven’t happened since 2014!!” he published on Facebook earlier today, he forgot to say anything about how..

The last three weeks, Hellenic coast guard has pushed back at least 15 boats on Lesvos alone, carrying over 500 people, 264 of these people where picked up from 9 life rafts, drifting helplessly between Turkey and Lesvos.

To “celebrate” when you are responsible for abandoning children at sea, in a helpless life threatening condition, is just appalling!

He should have been put on trial for crimes against humanity, the hypocrisy in Europe continues..

The Refugee Crisis, 5 Years and counting..

Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister, Notis Mitarachi once again denies any involvement in pushback`s in the Aegean Sea, today on BBC World News. How many times do we need to listen to these lies?

BBC’s Lyse Doucet reports from people who had travelled from Afghanistan and Syria, in northern and southern Greece.

Published by BBC News

Another dead child..

The body of a small child is found alone on a beach in Djerba, off the coast of Tunis.

Several dead bodies have washed ashore these past few weeks. Now one ear and the tip of a finger will be removed in hope of one day identifying the little one before the body is placed in a marked grave.

In one week it is five years since Alan Kurdi was found on a beach. He was not alone, both his mother and his brother were found dead near him.

The whole world cried for Alan Kurdi and we promised «never again»!

The only thing we have done is build a higher fence around Europes border making it impossible to seek asylum.

A drowned child, alone on the beach, wrapped in ocean plastic, is the ultimate symbol of our collective neglect!

Foto: Hamdi bin Mqar

Source: BudbringerenFraHelvete/TheMessengerFromHell

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis lying on international TV!

In this interview by Christiane Amanpour on CNN earlyer today, the Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis are downright and blatantly lying about the a Greek violations of international and European law by illegally pushing back vulnerable people in the Aegean Sea. Christiane was referring to the article in The New York Times on August 14th.

I had hoped that he had been crucified on international tv, confronted with the overwhelming amount of evidence, but he wasn’t, he was let off the hook way to easy by CNN, Christiane forgot to take her gloves off..

Pushback Outside Symi August 13th.

Last night, august 13th., at 22.30, Turkish coast guard picked up 83 people from 3 life rafts that was drifting inside Turkish waters south east of Datça, Turkey. The two smaller life rafts has a max capacity of 12 people, the bigger one was, as you can see in the pictures, packed with people.

Greek coast guard once again puts peoples lives at risk, leaving them drifting helpless in the sea at night. This time it was the Greek coast guard based on the island of Symi, who had left them at sea. It’s time that we tell them what we think about it, it’s time for them to explain!

Many of Aegean Boat Report’s followers have in the past asked “what can we do?”, “how can we stop this?”, and the usual reply was, you can spread the news, share the info. It’s obviously not enough, now the gloves are off, it’s time to take action in a more direct way!

Aegean Boat Report call’s upon all followers to participate, to make your voice heard, together this voice can make a difference! Pick up your phone and call the port authority of Symi, and demand answers! They will deny any involvement in illegal activities, but we know they are lying!

Port police Symi: +30 22460 71205

We need them to understand that we don’t tolerate this any longer, and that there are many people all over the world that are watching what they are doing. One call will not change anything, but if 100 people call, 1000 people, perhaps they will start to understand that we do not tolerate this any longer!

To call any public authority number is a common right, without any conditions or clauses, it’s fully legal activity that can be taken by anyone without any legal consequences. ABR has consulted Greek lawyers on the matter, and it’s totally legal. But ABR ask you to stay clear of all Emergancy channel’s, don’t flood European Emergancy numbers, only use numbers provided her!

Aegean Boat Report will from now on, in every case regarding pushbacks and other illegal activities, publish the Port Police number of the area the incident has taken place, so that people can call to demand answers. The more people that calls these numbers, asking questions, the better. At some point they will understand that we will not stop before they do!

These violations of international laws and human rights has been going on for to long, blessed and financed by Europe. The presence of NATO and FRONTEX is massive in the Aegean Sea, they all know what is going on every single day, but they do nothing, they just watch.

It’s time we make them listen, it’s time to step up and demand answers, it’s time for YOU to take action!!

Call port police of Symi, tell them how you feel, make your voice heard!

Port police Symi: +30 22460 71205

Pushback`s after arriving on Lesvos!

57 people that arrived on two boats on Lesvos north yesterday seems to have disappeared, port police on Lesvos claims there was no arrivals.

First boat arrived on a Korakas, Lesvos north during the night, locals in the area claims to have heard gunshots coming from Korakas. The boat was carrying 24 people, 7 was picked up by police on arrival location, the rest, 17 people managed to flee to the woods in the dark. Later in the day, the rest was found by port police, transported from the area in a minivan. Question is, where did port police take them? They are not registered as arrived anywhere, neither the quarantine camp in the north or south has any new arrivals registered.

Second boat landed in Gavathas, Lesvos north west before first light, carrying 33 people. Locals in the area reported on the new arrivals, also these people were taken away by port police, nobody has seen them since, they are not registered anywhere on Lesvos.

Port police on Lesvos claims that there has been no new arrivals at all yesterday in the north, and that anyone saying otherwise is pushing “fake news”. There are no reports in any local newspaper on arrivals from Lesvos north yesterday, only one boat carrying 55 people that landed in Skala Mistegnon last night.

Aegean Boat Report has received documentation that proves that these people actually arrived, there is no question about it! Videos, pictures and location data proves that they where there, question is where did port police take them, and why are they not registered anywhere?

Yesterday before sundown Turkish coast guard picked up 57 people from two life rafts drifting outside Bademli, Turkey. From pictures posted by TCG, Aegean Boat Report has identified 4 people that also are in pictures and videos that ABR received from Korakas yesterday morning, the identification is 100%.

There is no doubt that the people from the two boats that landed on Lesvos north yesterday was illegal deported by the Greek Coast Guard. They where taken from safety on land on Lesvos, and put back in the sea in life rafts, helplessly drifting, what kind of people would put children adrift at sea, how can they sleep at night.. This is not human behavior, not even animals would be this cruel!

Many of Aegean Boat Report’s followers have in the past asked “what can we do?”, “how can we stop this?”, and the usual reply was, you can spread the news, share the info. It’s obviously not enough, now the gloves are off, it’s time to take action in a more direct way!

Aegean Boat Report call’s upon all followers to participate, to make your voice heard, together this voice can make a difference! Pick up your phone and call the port authority of Mytilíni, Lesvos, and demand answers! They will deny any involvement in illegal activities, but we know they are lying!

Port police Mytilini: +30 2251 040827(Number is open 24/7)

We need them to understand that we don’t tolerate this any longer, and that there are many people all over the world that are watching what they are doing. One call will not change anything, but if 100 people call, 1000 people, perhaps they will start to understand that we do not tolerate this any longer!

To call any public authority number is a common right, without any conditions or clauses, it’s fully legal activity that can be taken by anyone without any legal consequences. ABR has consulted Greek lawyers on the matter, and it’s totally legal. But ABR ask you to stay clear of all Emergancy channel’s, don’t flood European Emergancy numbers, only use numbers provided her!

Aegean Boat Report will from now on, in every case regarding pushbacks and other illegal activities, publish the Port Police number of the area the incident has taken place, so that people can call to demand answers. The more people that calls these numbers, asking questions, the better. At some point they will understand that we will not stop before they do!

These violations of international laws and human rights has been going on for to long, blessed and financed by Europe. The presence of NATO and FRONTEX is massive in the Aegean Sea, they all know what is going on every single day, but they do nothing, they just watch.

It’s time we make them listen, it’s time to step up and demand answers, it’s time for YOU to take action!!

Call port police of Mytilíni, tell them how you feel, make your voice heard!

Port police Mytilini: +30 2251 040827

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