‘European refugee camps are concentration camps’, pope says


This video says about itself:

Pope likens migrant holding centers to ‘concentration camps’

22 April 2017

Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become “concentration camps”.

During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his trip to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year.

He met a Muslim refugee from the Middle East there who told him how “terrorists came to our country”. Islamists had slit the throat of the man’s Christian wife because she refused to throw her crucifix on the ground.

“I don’t know if he managed to leave that concentration camp, because refugee camps, many of them, are of concentration (type) because of the great number of people left there inside them,” the pope said. …

Francis praised countries helping refugees and thanked them for “bearing this extra burden, because it seems that international accords are more important than human rights”.

He did not elaborate but appeared to be referring to agreements that keep migrants from crossing borders, such as deals between the European Union (EU) and Libya and the EU and Turkey. Humanitarian groups have criticized both deals.

The pope urged people in northern Italy, home to an anti-immigrant party, to take more migrants, hoping that the generosity of southern Italy could “infect the north a bit”.

Noting that Italy had one of the world’s lowest birth rates, he said: “If we also close the door to migrants, this is called suicide.”

The basilica of St Bartholomew is a shine to Christians killed for their faith in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The European Union bosses not only blackmail the Greek leftist Syriza government into breaking their promises to the Greek voters of stopping the disastrous austerity policies.

They also pressure Greece, and other European Union member governments, into treating refugees more harshly.

Another video which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:

Greek minister slams conditions at Idomeni refugee camp

18 March 2016

Greek Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis compared the Idomeni refugee site on the border between Greece and Macedonia to the infamous Dachau concentration camp while on a visit.

“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.”

Kouroumplis is hardly the only one comparing the present refugee camps to Adolf Hitler’s camps, as we can see about Pope Francis.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 22 April 2017:

The situation in the Greek islands is very bad according to human rights organizations. … Migrants sleep in unheated tents, many refugees are ill and there are too few resources on the islands to recover health.

Tragedy off Lesvos: Sixteen Migrants Drown in Open Sea. By Katherine Filippeos – Apr 24, 2017: here.

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  36. Kennismakingsreis CPT Lesbos

    Van 6 tot en met 13 september 2019 organiseert Christian Peacemaker Teams een kennismakingsreis naar Lesbos, u krijgt hiermee de kans om te ervaren hoe de huidige situatie is en welk werk CPT verricht om de migranten en lokale bevolking te ondersteunen.

    Vanaf 2014 is CPT actief op Lesbos. Voordat de grote instroom van migranten in 2015 op gang kwam werkte het team al aan solidariteit en ondersteuning voor hen die een beroep doen op hun recht asiel aan te vragen en bescherming te krijgen in Europa.

    Meer dan 60 goede doelen zijn actief op Lesbos, waarvan het leeuwendeel zich toelegt op humanitaire hulp zoals, de eerste ontvangst, het verdelen van voedsel en basisbenodigdheden en het bieden van onderwijs. CPT onderscheidt zich door de focus op mensenrechten. Zij is spreekbuis voor de velen die eindeloos wachten om asiel te kunnen aanvragen, rapporteert schendingen van mensenrechten en bouwt aan een netwerk van geweldloos verzet met haar partners.

    Samen met DMFK (Deutsches Mennonitisches Friedenskomitee) maakt CPT deze reis mogelijk zodat Europese burgers de omstandigheden en ingewikkelde situatie die deze Europese crisis vormt zelf kunnen ervaren. Op het programma staan onder andere:

    – Kennismaking met vluchtelingen, lokale bevolking en activisten rond Mytilene
    – Bezoek aan hotspot Moria
    – Bezoek aan lokaal humaan vluchtelingenkamp Pikpa
    – Projecten voor migranten die vastzitten op Lesbos
    – Ontmoeting met het CPT team dat inzicht geeft in haar dagelijks werk
    – Een introductie met ‘Undoing Oppressions’ de wijze waarop CPT tegenkracht biedt aan rascime, homofobie, seksisme en vele andere vormen van onderdrukking.

    Opgave en kosten

    Opgave en verdere informatie over deze kennismakingsreis is verkrijgbaar via de reisleider; Dr. James Jakob Fehr (hij verstaat en spreekt een beetje Nederlands, maar Engels of Duits hebben de sterke voorkeur);

    Tel: +49 179 5500 373

    e-mail: fehr@dmfk.de

    De kosten voor deelname bedragen € 500,- per persoon, inclusief maaltijden en overnachtingen (eenpersoons kamers). De reiskosten naar Lesbos zijn niet inbegrepen. Deelnemers moeten zelf hun vlucht of vaart naar Mytilene organiseren en worden op 6 september aan het begin van de middag verwacht op het vliegveld of in de haven, vanwaar zij reizen naar Hotel Votsala.

    http://cpt-nl.org/evenement/kennismakingsreis-naar-lesbos-6-13-september-2019/

    Bron: De Vredeslijst 12-08-2019

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