Young returnee reportedly killed in Kabul//Police violence at the border to Hungary// Distributions continue in Calais despite police pressure
52 refugees disappear off the Lybian coast
La Stampa reports 52 refugees disappeared yesterday in the wreck of a raft off the Libyan coast on their way to Italy. Other refugees who were aboard the same boat were reported to have been taken away by the Italian Coast Guard. Reuters quotes the UNHCR calling on European countries to help Italy cope with an increasing flow of refugees after some 2,500 were rescued during the weekend and dozens were reported missing at sea. Jugend Rettet says that it was involved in the rescue of 350 people together with Sea-Watch. The capacity on board the two ships was not sufficient, so people had to be put in life rafts. MSF adds that their teams in the Mediterrenean are hearing horrific stories of torture, rape and violence in Libya.
Blankspot reports a young Afghan who was forced to Kabul at the end of May is reported to have been killed in a terrorist attack. According to his brother, who is still in Sweden, he attended a funeral in Kabul when suicide bombers triggered three explosive charges.
While Germany suspended deportations to Afghanistan following a car bomb attack in the diplomatic quarter, Sweden won’t suspend deportations according to The Local.
“I feel like I’ve fallen from the sky. I don’t believe I’m here.”
An Amnesty International researcher, writing for Politico, notes that while British and American authorities warn their citizens against traveling to Afghanistan, saying it remains unsafe, Western governments have deemed the country safe enough for Afghan asylum seekers to return. The researcher says many of the returnees they spoke to are “extremely vulnerable” and their returns “likely violated international law”. Many of them grew up in Iran and have no connection at all with the country they are being brought to. One refugee for example says “I feel like I’ve fallen from the sky. I don’t believe I’m here”, adding that he doesn’t have funds to live alone and can’t live with relatives.
20,000 civilians have been displaced, 65 killed and hundreds wounded during an offensive launched by regime forces and backed by Russia and Iran, according to journalist Rami Jarrah. Yesterday, the town of Daraa witnessed 86 barrel bombs, 19 air strikes and 90 surface to surface missiles on civilian populated areas.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says a polio outbreak has been confirmed in Deir al-Zor. There were two vaccination campaigns in March and April this year but only limited coverage was possible, since access is compromised by security problems.
One boat with eight people arrived in the north of Lesvos this morning and another one with ten people arrived this afternoon.
DW reports UNHCR is looking for at least another 60 housing sites on Chios, as more than 800 refugees have reached the island since the start of the year, double the number recorded in 2016. Hoteliers however say they are wary of renting rooms to refugees as they try to bring back tourists for the upcoming summer season.
Volunteers report on the situation in the Sounio (Lavrio) camp, where one of the main issue seems to be transportation, as every purchase involves a 45 minutes walk into town. Organisation Earth also raised the issue of transportation during a recent meeting of NGOs working in the region.
Housing consists of wooden trailers with no air conditioning and most non food items are currently needed in the camp, as well as snake deterrent to surround the entire camp.
Given the rising temperatures, Timber Project will start building shade structures at the Koutsochero Camp near Larissa, including a community space and a shaded area around the children’s library.
Refugees were transported from Obrenovac to Presevo yesterday. Police came at 5am and told a group of people they have to leave, not giving any explanation why or a clear selection process. Approximately, 150 people were taken and violently pushed into buses. Some were taken to a detention center. In Presevo, people were interviewed by people from immigration services and then accommodated in big tents. Some people complained that they got separated from their family members who stayed in Obrenovac but we do not have confirmation for this from an independent source.
Volunteers from Subotica send us these pictures saying that people are trying again to cross into Hungary. On Thursday and Friday two groups, one of 20 and other one with 15 to 17 people, were stopped by the police and beadly beaten up. The first group was pepper sprayed repeatedly. All were pushed back to Serbia.
Europe 1 reports that Calais residents have started to act as their own police and prevented the distribution of food last Monday, using the argument that “food distribution is forbidden”. Food distributions are only allowed two hours per day at one site and refugees say they are being chased and are under constant pressure.
Despite this week’s intimidations, Help Refugees says they continue distributions, providing essential items such as sleeping bags, clothing and hygiene items to the estimated 400–600 refugees currently located there.
The Refugee Community Kitchen meanwhile is producing over 2,000 portions of food everyday during lunch, dinner and even through the night for those observing Ramadan.
While scabies has always been a problem in Paris, MSF seems to worry about a recent spread of the disease near the La Chapelle refugee centre according to 20 minutes. MSF’s mobile clinic has detected 164 cases since the end of December, with numbers increasing over the last couple of months. Doctor Goudjo says it is impossible to treat this illness while people sleep in the streets, adding that the only thing to do is to double the medication and ask them to take it every eight days.
Yesterday, refugees protested in Paris, denouncing police harassement and lack of dignified living conditions.
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