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Skala Sykaminias – Fisherman Stratos Valimos and grandmother Emilia Kamvisi nominated for Nobel Peace Price

By ronja

Picture of the family at the lighthouse in Korakas by Marily Stroux

by the Lighthouse Relief on Facebook


Photos of Stratos with Yorgos and his family meeting the Afghan family again by Marily Stroux

Skala Sikamineas has always been a special place. Now, it has two Nobel Peace Prize nominees from the village.
This little fishing village by the sea, looking out on Turkey, has given so much support to the arriving refugees in need. Years and years before the volunteers came. Most of the local residents in Skala are the descendants of people forced to leave their homes in Turkey in the 1920’s, starting a new life in Greece, and they connect their own backgrounds to what the refugees now have to go through.

83 year old grandmother Emilia Kamvisi and Stratos Valiamos, one of the fishermen in Skala Sikamineas who have been rescuing refugees at sea, are now said to have been picked to represent the helpers on the Greek islands in a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In December, we posted this interview with Stratos. After spending months helping each other out in welcoming people arriving on Lesvos, taking us out on beach cleanings and chatting in the cafés, our humble friend told us more …read more

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Greece koordination of the hotspots and registration of ngos in the hands of the military.

By ronja

Σε ΦΕΚ η Επιτροπή Συντονισμού του προσφυγικού

The greek goverment with a new parliament decision, anounced that it
will be the greek military and the ministery of it, that has the
responsability for the hotspots .A new coordination comittee in the
ministery of the Aegean and Island Politics, will make the acreditation
and registration of NGOS and volunteers .

Lets see how the great volunteer work done by thousands people from all
over the world on their own expences and suporting also the local
economy, all this months, in the greek islands, will be kicked off in a
short time.
Which means no eyes that can witness. Now more than ever: dont live the
refugees alone .

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Moria / Lesbos: “Hot Spot” reminds of war zone

By ronja

This child doesn't stop crying as it is exhausted and afraid / copyright: Salinia Stroux

++Refugees left to survive in Moria under inhuman conditions++Vulnerable groups unprotected for days in war zone like areal++

This child doesn’t stop crying as it is exhausted and afraid / copyright: Salinia Stroux

2,500 persons can be registered daily in Moria according to local media, while more than 10,000 arrived within the last 24 hours. Refugees are queueing kilometers in and outside the registration camp that was originally constructed as a prison. At the same time the registration camp lacks any form of a functioning queuing system as well as dignified infrastructures and basic needs provision. Refugees are sitting and sleeping for hours between mud and garbage, being pushed by the crowd, insulted and beaten by police forces and sometimes even thrown tear gas. They get sick and injured under the life threatening living conditions in Moria.

“I am queueing since 10 days!,” a Syrian man says. “I am single, but my family is left in Syria and I have to get them out to save their lives. I am very anxious. In this camp the is no human rights. It is zero zero.”


Women sleeping in the queue / copyright: Salinia Stroux

Next to him stands a young compatriot holding a 6 …read more

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Frontex slows down registration procedures in “Hot Spot” Moria, leaving refugees for days in life-threatening conditions

By ronja

Welcome to Europe and Alarm Phone Statement about the Situation on Lesvos Island / Greece

Refugees who survive the journey and succeed to cross the maritime border between Turkey and Greece in small and overcrowded plastic boats are subjected to the so-called EU ‘hotspot approach’ since its launch on Friday 16th of October 2015. As part of the European Agenda on Migration, hotspots are now being deployed by mobile teams of the European border agency Frontex to support so-called ‘frontline EU states’ in systematically identifying and screening travelers who ‘illegally’ entered EU territory. One of Frontex’ main tasks is to speed up the ‘return process’, thus the deportation of those who Frontex ‘identifies’ as not coming from a country of war and/or as not having valid grounds for asylum in Europe.

Since Frontex has entered the scene, registration processes were dramatically slowed down. Frontex procedures of ‘screening’ individuals takes a long time which has caused great delays and thus created a situation of humanitarian emergency for the hundreds of people waiting outside. The official opening of this hotspot on Lesvos coincided with increased numbers of new arrivals and deteriorating weather conditions. While it rained non-stop in the …read more

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How Nasimgul survived the waves… / New w2eu-booklet for download now

By momo

Nasimgul spent 18 hours in the rough sea near Lesvos without knowing if she’d survive and having lost track of her small baby girl in August 2014. This is her story.

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Welcome to Greece! – Some facts about the refugee’ guide of Welcome to Europe

By ronja

There have been several articles in different in Greek and English language media about the “Welcome to Greece!” guide of our network. Most of them up to now have been denouncing and/or misinforming though. Mostly, journalists obviously didn’t even read the guide before writing about it. To avoid further misunderstandings leading to the defamation of the guide here are some explanations:

  1. Some basic information: The guide „Welcome to Greece!“ (see: http://lesvos.w2eu.net/info-for-refugees/welcome-to-greece-guide/) exists in four languages, English, Arabic, Farsi, French. The first version was published in August 2014, an updated version in July 2015. It is produced by the network Welcome to Europe and it was mainly distributed during what we call the “Journeys back to the border”, when refugees who arrived via Greece in Europe go back every year to welcome those who arrive newly.
  2. The guide is distributed for free and it can be downloaded on the website w2eu.info for free as well. We invite again all solidarity groups and structures to download it and reprint it. Many solidarity groups acting in Greece have already asked us to print and spread the guide or get already printed version for distribution as there is an immanent lack of information leading to …read more

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Visit of the Minister of Immigration in Lesvos, Greece

By ronja

The new Minister for Immigration G.Mouzalas visited yesterday the Island of Lesvos.
inspecting the camps with thousands of people that are not yet registered.
After his visit he announced following changes:

  • After 2 weeks there will be 60 new people andnew computers working for the registration procedure.
  • Registration will take place in Kara Tepe and in Moria
  • The Ferry Eleftherios Venizelos will be coming only to Mitilini and will
    be leaving as soon as all tickets are sold.
    (yesterday people having tikets were stuck outside the Port and could
    not enter the boat that was waiting to get full to leave.)
  • more MAT special police forces for Lesvos.
    (there is money for police special forces but not money for enough
    translators in Farsi and Arabic to communicate with the people so that
    they are informed about what they are to expect )
  • the army will bake daily 1.500 breads to distribute and is willing to
    give cars for transport.
  • the military spaces that are empty like in KLEIOU village will be opened
    for newly arrived Refugees.
  • new registration place in another military space KOURTZI in the north of Mitilini.

in the meantime the streets are again full of newly arrived refugees, walking from the north of the island 70 km since the authorities have blocked the bus transports …read more

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Police Violence in the Port of Mytilini

By ronja

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Around 20 000 Refugees are currently stuck on the Island of Lesvos.
Since one week, registration for new arriving refugees in Lesvos has become an obstacle to continue the procedures and leave the Island. Since Friday the situation in the Port of Mytilini has escalated.
Hundreds if not thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are caught in limbo. Every day they try to fight for a registration number in the port. Most of them try up to 10 days to get a registration number with no success, they are forced to camp around the port, the city or sleep rough. Their money has finished and they suffer from hunger and thirst. Desperate, if not in rage due to lacking infrastructures and the absence of any system, they break out in daily protest and not seldom fights. The state shows its presence in form of riot police, beating down men, women and children alike.

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On Friday 4th of September hundreds of refugees tried to storm a ferry. The police threw tear gas.
In the following they banished all refugees from the port.
Newspaper Article about police violence in the port.
On Saturday 5th of September the …read more

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Lesvos: Call for Support regarding acomodation for newly arrived refugees on the Island

By ronja

Do you want to help? You have space in your home or in your hotel?
Contact us from the “Village of all together”: lesvosvolunteers@gmail.com.
We will connect you with a family or a single person, vulnerable case needing a
short stay in freindly welcoming home.

Θέλεις να βοηθήσεις?

Αν ενδιαφέρεσαι να βοηθήσεις τους πρόσφυγες που κατά χιλιάδες φτάνουν
στο νησί μας

μπορείς να το κάνεις. Έχεις ελεύθερο χώρο στο σπίτι σου για φιλοξενία
μικρής διάρκειας?

Έχεις ελεύθερο χώρο στο ξενοδοχείο σου για φιλοξενία μικρής διάρκειας?
Μπορείς τώρα

να δηλώσεις τον χώρο που διαθέτεις και το χωριό του όλοι μαζί θα έρθει
σε επικοινωνία

μαζί σου να σου προτείνει τους ανθρώπους που θα μπορούσες να
φιλοξενήσεις. Θα

προηγηθούν άτομα ευάλωτα οικογένειες με παιδιά πχ…

Σαν χωριό του όλοι μαζί είμαστε πεπεισμένοι ότι οι πρόσφυγες πρέπει να
έχουν μία

υποδοχή ζεστή και φιλική. Άνθρωποι που φτάνουν ταλαιπωρημένοι στο νησί
μας, το οποιο

αποτελεί το μέσον του δύσκολου ταξιδιού τους. Η ανακούφιση που θα
προσφέρει το σπίτι

μας, ο χώρος μας είναι ανυπολόγιστης αξίας…

Η Λέσβος ξέρει από προσφυγιά

πληροφορίες: lesvosvolunteers@gmail.com

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Unnberable conditions in Refugee Camp around the Detention Center of Moria

By ronja

Yesterday, 09/01/15, one somalien refugee died because of insuficient medical care in the madeshift refugee Camp outside the Detention Cemtet of Moria. Another one was bitten by snake. Please if anyone can help:
Dama, a refugee from Somalia, in the refugee Camp Moria, in Lesvos, contacted the Network w2eu to ask for help, weeping dramatically. His aunt, 47 years old, died last night due to cardiac problem. He was crying and shouting that his aunt did not have to die. She had a chronic heart problem, because of the inhuman living and medival conditions in the camp, she couldn’t survive.
Dama is in a very bad psychological condition, saying tht he can not stand this any more and will commit suicide. He needs immediate psychological support and care.
Αt the same time another girl from somalia wad bitten by a snake at the entrance of the camp. Fortunately she was transferred to the hospital and is well now.

The Situation for Refugees in the madeshift cps in Lesvos and al other entrance, transit and exit points is no longer sustainable. Enough is Enough. We need open borders and save entry routes for Refugees coming to Europe. Freedom of movement!! Refugees welcome!!

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A little Story about justified anger -> Journey back to the borders Part III

By ronja

Just before I went on my trip to Mytilene I saw in Germany the news about refugees in Greece. On TV it was reported on how aggressive and angry the refugees were in Greece (Mytilene). After I saw these news in Germany about the refugees I started to think and worry a bit. Would it all go alright? Would it be right to travel to Mytilene and help the people who require support? Would I endanger myself or not? These questions formed in my mind. I travelled nonetheless as I had already booked my ticket and had promised the group that I would come and participate.

When our ship dropped the anchor in the harbour of Mytilene, I saw from above used rubber vessels and many people (men, women, and children) who did not look well and who had to wait in the heat for their registration. When we went to our camping site (Charamida), somewhere far away from the harbour and the city, we saw families and men, who were lying on the street as they could not walk anymore and were tired. We stopped and gave them water and information. We then quickly went to our camp and unloaded …read more

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Freedom of movement for everyone

By ronja

Ferries not Frontex

During our journey back to the borders we witnessed for two weeks the situation for new arrived refugees in Lesvos getting worse day by day.
More and more children, mothers, fathers and grandparents are risking their lives by crossing the Aegean sea.
After arriving and being thankful for surviving they are faced with the unbearable situation in Lesvos.
Walking in the sun for 2 – 68 km, waiting in dirty parking lots, at the port, in makeshift refugee camps like Kara Tepe and outside and inside the Detention center of Moria and elsewhere.
The Situation at other European arrival and transit points like Kos or Idomeni is not better.
It is time for the competent authorities of the European Union to provide for Ferries transporting refugees to Europe in a respectful and save way. Freedom of Movement for everybody!

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Journey back Part III: What solidarity means to me!

By ronja

It was a great journey back to the border 2015. And I got a lot of experience and we did so much together.
It was my dream to help those people that they don’t have any support and are leaving their country because of some problem. All of my us supported each other so we could do the best job possible.
We’re strong together and able to climb every high wall or fence.

Read hole article on birdsofimmigrants.

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Information for Refugees

By ronja

  1. WELCOME TO GREECE!
    An info-guide for refugees and migrants in english, dari, arabic and french.

  2. Greece Balcans Dublin Guide
    An info-guide for refugees and migrants in english, dari, arabic about having Fingerprints in the Balkans and what to do when you arrive in your Destination (like Germany, Sweden …)-

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Refugees Welcome Party in Pikpa

By ronja

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Last night w2eu and JOG hosted a welcome party in the selforganized space PIKPA to welcome and exchange with the refugees staying there. Over the last three year this became a PIKPA – w2euJOG Tradition.
The musicians Leon, Leo and Max traveled from Berlin and Istanbul to be part of the JOURNEY BACK TO THE BORDER and managed again for everybody to forget their sorrows for a few hours by singing and dancing.
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There was good connection between all the group’s (w2eu, JOG and cristian peacemakers —)and the refugee’s and specially the children. Together with them we played, painted and in the night we all dance together. After we had some Music we had an open Mike for everyone to contribute. One of the Syrian boy’s, maybe 12 years old, made hip-hop music about his country, his Journey through Turkey and Greece. He also sang also about being a 12 year old boy living with his parents and all the problems, for example putting the stereo too loud or not cleaning his own room.

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Arrivals in Lesvos

By ronja

Articel in greek about arivals in Lesvos.
More than 33.000 refugees arrived on Lesvos in August 2015.
Currently there are around 9.500 refugees on the island. They stay in the overcrowded
Moria detention center, in a provisional camp outside the Moria detention center, in the arival points Molivos, Sikaminia,
Klio and Kaloni. Solidarity groups take care of them.
An industry using the situation of the recently arriving refugees has grown,
selling them everything they need overpriced: water for the double,
taxis taking 50€ for every distance, hotels refusing them except if they pay triple the price.

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The feeling of coming back to the Border I crossed 6 years ago

By ronja

i dont now how to start but i will try, when i arrived in Mitilini the first time to support the refugees and migrants it just felt like i saw my self 6 years ago when i was a migrants myself and left my home,family and friends for a good future.
it was so heart breaking to see people in that situation and i could not help them as much as i want because i know the feeling of being in that situation and feeling helpless and the only thing you want is peace and having a chance for a good future and make your family proud of you.
Today I am happy that i left everything and went to Europe because it was a dream for some years ago. Now i am here at the same place, supporting the people who are fleeing from war and wanting the same thing that i wanted some years ago.
The most important Moment for me in this journey was when I saw the Situation of the refugees at the port. Especially the sick children eating only bread at the port.
it was a hard way to Sweden but im happy now and i living a life …read more

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New Greek law: it is legal to transport refugees in a privat car

By ronja

Dear local people from Lesvos an Tourists,

please take refugees in your cars to bring them to the registrazion point in the PORT.
It is now by law aloud !
You have to call the number “100” to register with the police that you are about to transport new arrived refugees to the port!!!!

And dont forget to have always small water bottels in your car.
Thank you and have a good day!

Welcome to europe and youth without borders.

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About the Port Police control of a member of the Journey back to the border III

By ronja

The other day I went inside a Kiosk in the Port of Mytilini, Lesvos to buy some stuff. A men asked what i want here, why i am here, where I come from and then he requested my passport. He spoke English and Greek with me so I couldn’t really understand him. He was very aggressive and didn’t speak friendly to me at all. He laughed about me and through me out of the shop.I didn’t understood who he is and what he want from me.
Another men came with a women, both of them belonged to the other men. They took a picture of my Passport and wanted to take my bag. I said that i am here with a Group and that i want to all them.I wanted to explain to them but they didn’t listen to me. Then one of the men took my phone. I felt really uncomfortable and i was afraid. Finally i saw one of my friends and i wanted to ask him for help but the people hold me back. But my friend recognized that I was in Trouble and he went to get Help. My friends come and they translate me that it …read more

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Children in the Port of Mytilini

By ronja

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There are so many babies and children on there way to a better future too!!

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After a lot of conversations with adults we made a drawing action for
the children.
They shared their experiences with us and draw them on paper. In their
pictures we could see escape and the wish for a calm life, with the hope of a fast arriving.
When they asked us if we come back we answered them:

Yes we are going
to be here tomorrow again. But you will already have to travel further on
For sure we will see each user again and hopefully in a better situation.

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Everybody is in (Alle sind dabei)

By ronja

Renovatio

in the streets, in the port, in the car, at the beach

– Its the song we
dance to everywhere, so it became our soundtrack and we didn’t want to
keep it from you!
So we shake our body and want to tell the politicians that they should
maybe shake their heads to realise that the system of border is not
really working like they want it to. So lets start to say a real welcome
to the new-arriving, take them serious and treat them like human beings
who have the right to move wherever and whenever they want!

Here is the song:
Arash: tekoon bede (Shake)

And for those who are interested the lyrics you find them here.

And we also wanted to share a picture from one of our concerts in the
harbour. The Band you see is “Renovatio” and was with us until yesterday

and gave us and the new-arriving some good music from Renovatio

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Horror in the Port of Mytilini

By ronja

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Tonight in the Port of Mitilini after the ELeftherios Venizelos left,
refugees sleep in front of the ticket offices, hoping to get on the next
boat.

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This people mostly Syrians and Afghans need human treatment and protection.
The European Union has to react and send immediately the needed help .
Tents, food, water supplies are not so difficult to organize
immediately.What are they waiting for? or does the european union maybe
want all this people to stay under such conditions in greece not to have
them at their central european countries?
Why did the Eleftherios Venizelos change suddenly its route and instead
of going to Thessaloniki and bring like planned the refugees with buses
till the Macedonian border it turned and goes to Pireus?
can it be that the pressure made to the greek government by the european
union is so strong to turn big boats?
The solution to bring the refugees to the nearest point of their
destination, was great. It is clear hat they want to get to other
european countries.

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45 Syrian Refugees arriving at Charamida beach

By ronja

Wow i don’t know how to explain about that night?
It was a Great memory for the night that I got to know new comers refugees in mytilini!
It was great for me because I was waiting and looking for the refugees boats already 3 nights .
It was 3:40 am in the morning that I heard some engine sound from the sea.
I saw a boat and it was coming to the beach.
I listen to their language and realized they were talking in Arabic .
I became sure that they are new refugees and I turned on my light and ran down the hill towards them.
Unfortunately they were scared of me and they turned back towards the sea .
I shouted in Arabic that I’m your friend and want help you,
And in that moment a friend of the camp came and shouted towards the refugees: “assalamualeikum! Assalamualeikum!” Then they finally decided to come to us.
I was helping them with my other friends out of the water. We gave them table water to drink and started to help .
There were 40/48 people in the boat
All of my friends helped and informed to the the other people at our place. We carried the children, women and old …read more

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Journey back part III: 1 Day at the port

By ronja

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The people face unbearable conditions here: families even with young children and babies have to sleep outside on the ground in the overcrowded camps and in the harbor, without a tent, without a blanket, often even without anything under them. Some of them lost everything on the boat: Today we met a woman, traveling alone with her three small children. She not only lost her passport, her money, everything on the boat between Turkey and Lesvos. We managed to buy some baby food and pampers, we could offer shoes for the children from our donations. But she is just one of so many people here on the island. Around 80.000 refugees arrived in 2015 on Lesvos. The island as a whole has 86.000 inhabitants.


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Who goes today in the harbor? Who’s heading for Kara Tepe? And who to Moria? These are the finishing questions of our daily plenary. After “using” the midday heat in the shade sitting to reflect on the yesterday, and to plan the today, we head to these the three places – equipped with many info flyers, water, often also medicine, clothing and paper and pens.
To the …read more

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Arrival in Mytilini and construction of the camp

By ronja

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The first groups of w2e and JoG arrived in Mytilini (Lesvos) / Greece. The people from Greece, Sweden, Germany and France arrived on different ways. Some of them flew to Athens or directly to Mytilini, others travelled by car and ferry. Some of them already met in Athens where they organized the infoguides in different languages. When the ferry arrived in Mytilini some of the people had to stay in the harbour because the cars were full of material. So they got some first impressions of the situation there. The others on their way to the camp already saw the first refugees who had just arrived.

They were on their way to the harbour where the first registration takes place. Our people went fast to the camp to unload the cars, then they drove back to catch up the refugees because the way from where they arrive to the harbour is very long and the heat makes it very hard to get there. Back in the harbour, they caught up the rest of our group to go back to the camp where the work started. The camping place was really dirty, full of garbage …read more

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Journey III: First Impressions

By ronja

The first morning we stay at the beach in
Charamida with a bigger group: About 4AM some of us hear the sound of an
engine, people shouting. Directly at the beach next to us a boat with
refugees from Syria and Iraq arrived. We go to welcome them and bring
them some water and biscuits. It is a group of about 40 people, among
them many families with children, who arrived from Turkey after 4 hours
in the sea. We call the coastguard, we call the police, but without much
hope that they will come and pick them. There are so many arrivals these
days and mostly the people have to walk and walk for hours until they
reach Mitilini where they have to register in the port. The way from
Charamida to Mitilini is long.
But the transport of unregistered refugees is not longer criminalized.
You have to call 100 and tell the police that you will bring refugees to
the port-police to register them, tell them your numberplates, then
there is no risk. Many people on this island transport day by day
newcomers nowadays. So we start to shuttle the families with children
first. When we go to Mitilini we find more people walking on the street
another boat with Syrians, again a lot of …read more

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Journey back to the border – Part III

By ronja

Lesvos/ Greece 15.-26. August 2015

Next week, in August 2015 we will return once again to the border– to the places of our first arrivals and encounters, to one of Europe’s gates and transit zones.

We will continue to warmly welcome all newcomers and we want to empower them through our presence. In the very moment as they challenge the European borders we will stand by them.

If the European border regime becomes history it will be washed ashore by the wave of our collective NO; our NO to be exposed to war and repression, our NO to be excluded from education and healthcare, our NO to be exploited and forgotten. Even if our “No” is not always shout out loud, it vibrates in every single step of our journeys.

We feel solidarity and a strong connection with our friends in Greece, who have been confronted with the brutality of the European elites in another way. Their Oxi! gave us hope when most of us, after a long journey, tried to find a place in Europe, tried to figure out the relation to and within the European society. As new European citizens we demand equal rights for everyone. Obviously, not only …read more

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Goodbye in the port of Lesvos / Officer kicks Syrian unaccompanied minor to wake him up

By momo

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It is Sunday. For at least two nights no refugee was seen during night sleeping in the port of Mytilene. Today there are again about 100 persons from Afghanistan and Syria mainly but also from Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and other countries.

“We spent five nights in the detention center in Moria,” they say. “It was specifically over crowded at the outside area where we were in the beginning.”


Everybody is stressed to leave. A handful of families didn’t know they had to get tickets for their babies too even if they were for free. While trying to enter the ferry they were send back to the ticket office. The mothers had already entered with the other children and were not reachable. Two Syrian dads and one Afghan holding all small babies stand beside the ticket shop not knowing what to do. Their women have the documents of the children inside the boat. Only in the last minutes and after discussions with the ticket office they manage to solve the problem and run in the ferry.

A group of kurdish Syrian men is standing aside. They are angry.


“I want to ask you what we can do. In the morning an officer came …read more

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Minors separated from their family in Moria / Greek coast guard punctures refugee boat under the eyes of Frontex

By momo

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Two days between Kara Tepe tent camp and the port of Mytilene (24.7.-25.7.15)

A small Afghan boy is sitting outside a blue tent built up just behind the kiosk in the port of Mytilene. On the other side of the tent there are some other Afghan minors sitting on a blanket on the floor and leaning at the walls of an abandoned swimming hall. It is late in the night. His elder brother has fever. He is climbing out of the tent to join us. The two underage boys from Afghanistan are camping there already since four nights. They arrived to Lesvos together with their mother and father and two little sisters. In Moria they registered themselves as adults, as other people advised them to avoid reporting their real ages for the own good. Then the two of them got released alone.

“We fear to loose track of our family if we move away from here,” F. the elder brother says. “My father said we should wait here for them.” He seems exhausted and under pressure carrying all the responsibility of holding his family together on his small shoulders. With an official note ordering them to leave the country within 30 days, …read more

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Download: Updated Welcome to Europe Info Guide Greece Ready!!!!!

By momo

The Welcome to Europe Info-Guide is now available in an updated version (as of July 2015).
Download the web version here:
w2eu info guide greece (web version)

For a print version with higher analysis please send an e-mail request to: contact@w2eu.info

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