AYS 16/10: Refugee family killed by a car in front of Oreokastro camp

Terrible car tragedy in one of the refugee camps in Northern Greece. City Plaza mourns the drowning of one of their first residents. Volunteers and donations needed in Greece, Serbia. Alleged smuggler arrested after at least 18 deaths in Italy. Clashes in Calais, still no solution for 1,300 children in the camp.

Are You Syrious?
Oct 17, 2016 · 10 min read
The car was set to flames after the tragedy. We choose not to publish explicit photos of victims. Photo: Abo Emar Alrajab‎

At least two dead in front of Oreokastro camp, in a tragedy that ignited righteous anger and riots

We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that happened in front of Oreokastro camp tonight. According to numerous witnesses on site, a refugee family was walking across the road in front of the camp when a car hit them, leaving two people dead and one in critical condition. First reports, including the info from Team Humanity, say the mother and the son died on the spot, while the daughter was rushed to the hospital in Thessaloniki. According to Greek press, three victims were residents at the Fessas camp in Oreokastro. They were hit by the 76-year-old driver outside camp, who was held by the police. Associated Press identified the victims as the 35-year-old Kurdish Syrian woman and her 10-year-old son. The extent of the injuries of the third child is still unconfirmed, but it seems to be out of the life-threatening danger.

According to the first info, mother and son died immediately, while daughter was still fighting for her life. Photo: TH
Righteously angry refugees clashed with the riot police int he wake of the tragedy. Photo: Alaa Hasan

In the focus: France

Clashes between Calais residents and the police, volunteers prevented from approaching the site

Another violent clash between the riot police and the refugees happened in Calais, where refugees are preparing to leave the site they got to call home over the last months. On Saturday, workers started erecting a controversial wall along the motorway leading to the ferry terminal. A crane was deployed to the site to lift four-meter-high cement panels to prevent the refugees from blocking traffic and jumping onto trucks. This action, along with the increased police presence and the uncertainty about the days to come, ignited the clash in which police used water canons and other means of oppression in the attempt to “pacify” desperate camps residents.

Donation are poring in, but the needs are still high as the demolition day approaches. Photo: Care4Calais

First group of child refugees from Calais arrive in Britain — what will happen to the others?

According to BBC, “a significant number” of child refugees from Calais will be reunited with their families in the UK in the following days. The Telegraph reports the first group of unaccompanied children from the Calais “Jungle” have travelled to Britain for resettlement with relatives today.

As many as 600 children (out of the 1,300) in Calais have the right to be reunited with their families in the UK. Photo: AFP


City Plaza mourns the death of one of the first Afghan refugees to come to the squat

On this sad day full of tragedies, refugees and volunteers of City Plaza community mourn the loss of Hamid Rezapour.

Hamid, who fled from Afghanistan, has drowned today at Elliniko beach. Photo: City Plaza Hotel

Residents of Notara 26 are in need of:

Milk, sugar, cereals, tomato sauce, oil, rice, shampoos, shower gel, soap, toilet paper, brooms&mops, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, sponges, saucepans, frying pans, kettles and coffee pots. If you can help and contribute with something from the list, please bring it to the squat on a Tuesday or Friday (19:00–23:00h). If these hours are not suitable for you, please write to them.

Oinofyta camp refugees need fabrics

Oinofyta camp now has a sewing room. The residents have asked for fabrics (for example, jersey) to enable them to make their own dresses and other garments. Also needed are notions (ribbons, zips, buttons etc). If anybody has fabrics or notions or are able to purchase them, please let them know.

130 refugees evicted from the building in Thessaloniki, volunteers need support to feed them

Dirty Girls of Lesvos will collect old blankets

A good reminder came up — If you are volunteering in a camp and are allowing blankets and sleeping bags to be trashed after use you are contributing to global warming. Instead, remember to contact Dirty Girls of Lesvos who wash blankets to hospital standards. Decomposing blankets in landfill release methane, a significant contributor to global warming.

Dirty Girls have processed numerous clothing items and blankets so far. Photo: Dirty Girls of Lesvos Island

CK Team offers co-ownership of their van

In order to secure the continued operation of their aid truck in Greece (and usage on Lesvos during the winter) the CK Team is syndicating its ownership. If someone would like to share the ownership over the famous yellow van, please check out this link.

Samos needs clothes for the refugees

There has been a huge influx of refugees arriving in Samos since the start of October and the camp population has almost doubled in size. Samos Volunteers strives to provide all newly arrived residents with two sets of clothing, as often they arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs. To check what they need and how to help, contact them.


Warm meals and clothes needed in Belgrade

Refugee Aid Serbia continues welcoming and helping many people who arrive daily. If you would like to support their dedicated work so as to provide warm meals, clothes and other essential items to the people we work with every day,to those in dire need who come with barely anything, you can do it here.

Weekly dance parties keep the morale high in a cold Belgrade park. Photo: Refugee’s Anthem


Probably smuggler arrested after the death of at least 18 people, including a 3 year old child

A probable smuggler was taken into custody of the Italian police and questioned about the circumstances of smuggling 113 people, who witnessed about the death of at least 18 people, including a 3 year old child. According to their testimonies, while the dinghy was sinking and fire broke out, the smuggler threw himself into the water using a plastic barrel as floating platform. Some of the male passengers on the boat managed to jump off and others were caught in flames from the fire. As taking off clothes was not something the women wanted to do straight away, they were the victims of the fire. Psychologists met the surviving refugee passengers from the boat to help with the post traumatic situation, Italian sources report.

Refugees help to clean up the public park in Milan, but their own living conditions remain beyond repair

Community centres for refugee families in Italy are often overcrowded. Photo: ANSA

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