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Idomeni – 3 April 2016
1. Yazidi rights activist Nadia Murad Basee Taha in a camp for refugees and migrants, hugging a woman
2. Group of activists and camp residents
3. Taha hugging another woman
4. SOUNDBITE (Kurdish) Nadia Murad Basee Taha, Yazidi rights activist:
“My message was not to force the refugees to go to the (new) camps, but after speaking with the (Greek) Prime Minister (Alexis Tsipras) and the (Greek) government, my understanding was that the borders will not open. As you see, the situation here on the border is very difficult. The families are stressed – the children and the women. Life in the (other) camps will be better, and the message for them (the authorities) is not to force them (the migrants) to go there, but since the borders will not open, we think they should go to the camps and then wait for the process to take place.”
5. Taha talking with children
6. SOUNDBITE (Kurdish) Nadia Murad Basee Taha, Yazidi rights activist:
“I hope the world will make a wise decision. When they return people (migrants sent from Greece to Turkey), they have to make sure they will be safe – that they will go to a safe place. They have to be concerned when they are returning people.”
7. Crowd of migrants
8. Elderly women crying
9. Migrants on hunger strike with banners reading (English) “Open the border”.
10. Migrants on hunger strike, sitting on the ground
11. Migrants on hunger strike with tape covering their mouths
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Ahmad Mohammad, 23-year-old Syrian refugee:
“People, the people from Syria, today, no water, no food. Babies, women, today, tomorrow, no water, no food.”
13. Pan right of migrants on hunger strike
14. Man and child with tape covering their mouths
15. Migrants on hunger strike
17. Campsite with tents and clothes drying on fence
18. Various of woman washing clothes in bowl on ground
A Yazidi rights activist who escaped from the Islamic State group [ISIS] after being captured in 2014 visited the migrant and refugee camp in Idomeni, northern Greece on Sunday.
Nadia Murad Basee Taha asked the migrants to relocate to new camps as she is convinced that European Union borders will remain shut.
Thousands remain stranded in the camp after the border to Macedonia was sealed, closing the western Balkan route towards more prosperous European countries.
While hundreds have boarded buses heading to other, more organized camps that Greek authorities have been frantically setting up across the country, many insist they will not leave.
They still hope against hope – and against all indications – that Europe will relent and reopen the borders.
Prior to Murad’s intervention, dozens of migrants announced that they are going on a hunger strike in an attempt to push Europe to re-open the borders.
Murad was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in January by the Iraqi government and has previously spoken to the United Nations about combatting IS [ISIS]- the group that most of the refugees in the camp are fleeing.
Another video which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:
Greek minister slams conditions at Idomeni refugee camp
18 March 2016
“I wouldn’t hesitate to say that this is a modern Dachau,” Kouroumplis said during his visit to the camp where thousands of people live in improvised tents, deprived of basic necessities, on Friday.
Idomeni “is a logical result of closed borders,” he said, adding that Greece “believes in Europe without borders.” Two improvised camps, hosting over 15,000 migrants, sprung up near the Idomeni crossing in late February after the Macedonian authorities closed its borders amid a massive refugee crisis in the EU.
Kouroumplis expressed regret over “the awakening of a kind of nationalism against the persecuted people” in Europe. He acknowledged that accepting 1.5 million migrants in no easy task, but said that the people stuck at Idomeni “didn’t leave their countries by choice, but were forced to flee by wars, in which Europe also participated.”
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Tears and drawings as pope meets refugees on Lesvos
Edited today, 11:57
Some migrants were in tears when Francis passed. Others called out their countries of origin: Afghanistan, Syria. The pope took drawings received from children and praised a girl for her work. His entourage received the drawing and were told not to fold it because he wanted to have it on his desk.
Dozens of migrants who were not invited tried to to get a glimpse of the visit from behind the fences. This afternoon there will be a lunch with eight migrants who will tell their stories. Then they will lay a wreath into the sea in memory of migrants who have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in their attempts to reach Lesvos.
Talking to Tsipras
Francis was accompanied by the leader of the Orthodox Church and the archbishop of Athens. Together they will discuss the situation with the Greek Prime Minister Tsipras. Tsipras said upon receiving the Pope that it is a historic visit, and that he is proud to offer the migrants shelter. “Especially at a time when some of our partners, even dropping the name of a Christian Europe, build walls and fences to prevent defenseless people from finding a better life.”
Greece currently offers more than 50,000 refugees shelter. Most arrive on Lesvos, on boats from Turkey. For two weeks now the people who are coming are returned to Turkey as part of the agreement that the EU concluded with Turkey.
Humanitarian, not political
The Vatican stressed that the visit is of a humanitarian and religious nature and not a criticism of the EU agreement. But at the same time the cardinal who on behalf of the Vatican deals with migration indeed criticized the agreement. According to him, the agreement deals with migrants as goods that can be traded back and forth.
According to Greek media Francis will take ten refugees back with him, eight Syrians and two Afghans. The details thereof are not yet known. Especially the two Afghans are symbolic, because migrants from Afghanistan are no longer automatically recognized as refugees.