[Refugee Support] Info: Are You Interested In Volunteering in the “Jungle” of Calais – Read This!

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 2.30.14 AM[BAI NOTE: The following information and analysis was pulled from a refugee support page on Facebook. The information below was written by an anonymous volunteer and although many important points are made – does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Bay Area Intifada contributors. ]

For More Info: Calais Migrant Solidarity

This report was written on Sunday September 13th and could be outdated at any given moment. Everything evolves so quickly here that by next week the situation might be completely different.

Dear people,

In spite of all the good intentions of so many, I would like to give a few last minute pointers. I’ve been here for a week now to volunteer and I’m helping out where help is needed. (I am here as an individual, unconnected to any organization so it is easier to write unprejudiced. On the other hand, this is merely a personal impression, although formed after having lots of conversations with the organizations here and people on the field.)

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If you have goods available, try to stock these at your own place or at friends for now. Currently all storage here is full and organizations are looking for more space but it is unlikely that they are going to find more space this week and probably not even in the first few weeks. To be sure of storage place, contact Salam, L’Auberge des Migrants or Secours Catholique (these are the organizations that usually have space. If they say they don’t have any space left, they don’t, so there is no point in coming with stuff anyways) Continue reading

#RefugeeStruggle: ‘We Have Rights as Human Beings’

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Excerpt from “Who’s Coming North? – Migrants’ Journeys Through Mexico”

Jorge has already been deported once from the US. His crime, a very serious one according to US authorities, was to work at a car wash.

“There’s not slavery like there was before, but there’s more deaths now,” he said. “They make slaves out of undocumented people, and once the work is done, they kick them out of the country.”

He’s lived more than eight months in the shelter, helping construct a dormitory for unaccompanied children and preparing to make the dangerous journey north to be with his wife and three kids, who are still in the US. He stayed longer than he planned to at La 72 because he believes in what they’re doing and because he wants to help others like himself on their journey.

“Here they give people help, a roof to sleep under, food, security, and they treat people in a dignified way,” he said. Continue reading

[Video]Evicting the Unwanted: Berlin’s Refugee Crisis

The Ohlauer crisis: a watershed moment for asylum policy in Germany?

From Equal Times

By Sharon Dodua Otoo

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On 24 June 2014, Kreuzberg – a vibrant, multicultural neighbourhood of Berlin – was virtually turned into a police state overnight.

<p>Local government and police mishandling of the situation in Ohlauer Strasse almost brought the situation to near fatal disaster.</p>
Local government and police mishandling of the situation in Ohlauer Strasse almost brought the situation to near fatal disaster.

(Photo/Ole Ukena)

Up to 1,720 officers, some in full riot gear and armed with machine guns, were deployed in an area no bigger than a few blocks.

They were there to remove 40 refugees who were staging a roof-top protest against their imminent eviction from an abandoned school building on Ohlauer Strasse.

Hundreds, at times thousands, of demonstrators came out to support the political demands of the refugees.

The siege lasted for eight days, during which time freedom of movement – even for members of parliament and journalists – was completely restricted.

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More than 500 refugees from war-torn nations wait in squalid Calais camp

 

From Mirror

Clawing his way over a 12ft razor-wire fence, an immigrant camped on Britain’s doorstep makes a desperate bid for a new life, reports the Sunday People in Calais.

The Yemeni is among more than 500 refugees from war-torn nations holed up in the French port of Calais where they hope to sneak on to trucks ferried 23 times a day to Dover.

Before hurtling over the fence, the Arab unzips his anorak and tracksuit top to display deep cuts across his chest which he says were inflicted by police in Saudi Arabia.

He believes the only place he will be safe is Britain.

So he braves the razor-wire, landing with a bump, then scuttles towards a lorry park in hope of clinging to the axle of a truck heading to the UK.

“This place is terrible,” he exclaimed when the Sunday People visited a new migrants’ camp this week.

Jabbing his fingers towards the sea, he ­insisted: “I must go to England.”

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[ Greece] Please SIGN & SHARE: Shut down the Detention Centres for Migrants

Please SIGN & SHARE: Shut down the Detention Centres for Migrants

 

PLEASE SING AND SHARE THE PETITION TO CLOSE DOWN THE DETENTION CENTRES.

In 21st-century Greece an operation has been set in motion whose aim is to terrorise, torture and humiliate thousands of people, while insulting us all: refugees and migrants are being held in concentration camps. These are real storehouses for humans whose only crime is that they are in the country without papers!

The Greek state, without a trace of humanity or sensitivity, sentences thousands of migrants (including minors, people who require medical assistance and victims of torture) to an 18-month imprisonment in the most deplorable conditions: no yard time, complete lack of hygiene, inadequate food and medical care, no communication with friends or family.

International human rights groups have documented scandalous conditions of detention of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece and the country has been repeatedly condemned by European courts for subjecting refugees and migrants to inhuman and degrading treatment. Continue reading

Interconnected Refugee & Call for Support! Migrant Movements – Protest March against Fortress Europe! From Strasbourg to Brussels, May and June 2014

 

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From Freedom Not Frontex

The European council and the European ministers of foreign affairs make
racist and prohibitive policies against refugees and migrants on a very
high level. In reaction to the recent admitted mass drowning in the
Mediterranean, they only concluded to arm the forces that control and
aggressively prevent people’s movement, such as frontex. They will hold
their next summit at the 26th and 27th of June in Brussels.

Different groups of refugee and Migrant movements in Europe plan a protest march
from Strasbourg to Brussels. This will begin shortly before the European
parliament elections at the end of May. The marching refugee and supporting
activists will walk about 450 km within one month. In an action week before
the council’s summit, we will raise our protest against the policies of
fortress Europe! Continue reading

18 December 2013: European Day For Action Against Detention Centers

 
18 December 2013: European Day For Action Against Detention Centers

 
Originally posted in Xpressed 

IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE DETENTION CENTERS MUST CLOSE DOWN

Please SIGN & SHARE our petition!

In 21st century Greece, an operation has been set into motion whose aim is to terrorize, torture and humiliate thousands of people, while insulting us all: refugees are being held in concentration camps. This is about real storehouses for human beings, located all over eastern continental Greece, on the Greek islands and even in Athens and Corinth. The only “offence” committed by the thousands crammed into these spaces is that they are here without papers – no matter if they come from war-torn Syria, occupied Palestine or African countries ravaged by extreme poverty. The Greek state is violating both European treaties and its own constitution, without showing a trace of humanity or sensitivity when it sentences thousands of immigrants (including minors, people who require medical assistance and torture victims) to an 18-month imprisonment in the most deplorable conditions: no yard time, a complete lack of hygiene, inadequate food and medical care, no communication with friends and family. The goal is to discourage new immigrants from entering Greece. The Greek state has the arrogance to describe immigrants as a “health time-bomb”, while dismantling the public health sector and ignoring the inhumane conditions of the refugee detention centers, thus putting the health of both Greeks and immigrants at great risk. Continue reading

Twelve Migrants drown off Greek coast after boat capsizes

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Originally posted in ekathimerin

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Twelve immigrants, including four children, drowned on Friday after their boat capsized just off the Greek island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea, the coastguard said.

Earlier reports said eight people had died.

Greece is a major gateway for immigrants trying to make their way from Africa and the Middle East into the European Union.

“The immigrants called police on their mobile to say their boat was in distress,” a coastguard official told Reuters.

“When we arrived we found fifteen people on the shore and picked up eight bodies, including four children.” Continue reading

Harrowing Photographs of Migrants Making the Perilous Journey Through the Arizona Desert

Harrowing Photographs of Migrants Making the Perilous Journey Through the Arizona Desert

by Julia Sabot on October 24, 2013 ·

Matt Nager

Forty-three year old Acevedo Guadalupe-Herrera from Ahuacatitlan, Guerrero, Mexico, lays unconscious surrounded by medical officials next to a ranch off Elephant Head Road near Green Valley, Arizona, August 8, 2009. Guadalupe-Herrera was found by a ranch hand and was presumed to be dead, although he recovered with the help of IV fluids and medical attention. He had been walking for five days with little water and no food.

After the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, the US made several attempts to stymie and fortify undocumented movement in established crossings zones beginning with the introduction of Operation Gatekeeper in San Diego, and Operation Hold The Line in El Paso, Texas. One intended and reported result of the operation was to funnel undocumented movement into geographically inhospitable areas of the Sonora desert in Arizona in an attempt to deter potential migrants from crossing the border.

As a result of the longer and hotter path through the desert in Arizona, border deaths in this region have increased dramatically. A study by the Bi-national Migration Institute states that from 1990 to 2012, the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner examined the remains of 2,238 migrants. Of these deaths, over 750 cases remain unidentified. While apprehension numbers have fallen in recent years, deaths throughout the region have not seen a similar reduction. According to the conservative death estimates of the Border Patrol statistics there were 177 deaths in the Tucson region in 2011 alone.—Matt Nager

Having traveled a fair amount through Latin America, Denver-based photographer Matt Nager had a great interest in shooting a story on the border. In 2008, he came across an article about advances in DNA testing to help identify bodies found in the desert of Arizona. That sparked his interest, and he spent the next year researching the issue and the striking numbers of migrant deaths occurring in Southern Arizona.

During the summer of 2009, Nager spent two months working in Tucson and around Southern Arizona. He spent time with Border Patrol and activist groups who help people who are struggling in the desert. Nager spent a week at the sheriff’s office, which is the first official organization called when a body is found. He photographed inside the medical examiners office during an exam of an unidentified body. Additionally, he spent time with and photographed in the mortuary in Tucson where they cremate bodies that have been unsuccessfully identified.

In the years since this project, it appears as if the issue has largely gone unchanged. Statistics show that deaths continue to occur at rates nearing 200 bodies per year. As technology advances, it will undoubtedly become easier to identify bodies. There is now a website, Humane Borders, that documents where each body was found as well as the gender and name of that individual.

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The US-Mexico border fence is highlighted by Border Patrol headlights under a bright moon in Sasabe, Arizona., Friday, June 5, 2009. Building the wall along the border has resulted in migrants following more secluded and dangerous routes where the wall has not been built. Continue reading