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#Exodus,responding to some of the nasty remarks

A couple of days I was on Twitter reading and posting comments on the refugee situation we are currently experiencing.Mostly it was an interesting discussion,many differing opinions but also some extremly nasty behaviour.

THIS this is what they are fleeing from,take a good look.

dead Syrian children,according to UNICEF 10% OF THE VICTIMS ARE CHILDREN

Some people said to me they are all just young men and mostly terrorists overrunning our country.Have you ever considered the these young men are simply trying to find a place for their wifes,sisters,mothers and children to come to?They are the ones that have the strength and courage to endure the arduous conditions crossing thousands of miles of hostile lands to find a safe haven.

Also the media will show you what they wish to.Change the camera directicetion and you will see plenty of women and children but it it far more convinient for some parties to whip up fear of the “other” that is going to steal your job your housing.

The reality is we started these wars,on false premises by a lying corrupt government that did not care about the suffering they are causing.

As for the argument that other countries are not taking in refugees why hould we.

It leave we me speechless ,it has nothing to do with what other countries do.What matters is that it is the right thing to do,we have an obligation to these people ,we destroyed their homes,their infrastructure their lives,murdered millions in the name of giving them freedom.

Why not look to those countries like Lebanon that have taken in far more people then us.Instead of using those that to nothing as an example.

We have plenty of space,thousands of empty houses to house our own homeless as well as refugees.These people will bring skills and ideas to country with an aging population.

Are you still going to say we should not help them when they start building concentration camps and gas chambers?

Do you see how broken our young soldiers are that return from these places,how many are left to starve on the streets having done their bit for this corrupt government?Is that OK too?

In my mind it is simply the right thing to do.Nobody leaves their country  to end up in filthy refugee camps and those are the lucky ones.How many have drowned on the way,died of cold,hunger or been shot?

You know just stopping those stupid wars on all sides is the simplest solution.Stop killing,stop sending our sons and daughters to kill theirs.

How would you feel if we were invaded because the UN has criticised our givernment for it’s austerity measures that has killed so many? While those causing it are hoarding wealth in offshore bank accounts ,bleeding the country dry.It is not the refugees you should fear but ,or the poor,the disabled,the jobles.

It is those in power you should fear ,they have shown only too clearly that we are nothing to them but pawns to be used and sacrificed.You can bet their children are not sent to to the frontline,nOr will you see our politicians living on starvation wages.Can you not see they are turning us against each other and those seeking shelter from their wars only to better control and exploit the worlds resources?

War is a buisness and it is the ordinary person paying for it with their lives while they grow ever richer,ever more divorced from reality.By turning our backs on our fellow human beings regardles of their race,religion or colour  ,we will all have blood on our hands.

 

 

 

 

 

Chios chronicle: Here’s how Europe welcomed a young Afghan man who fled the Taliban

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By Conor Fortune, News Writer at Amnesty International

You can’t stop a ship dead in its tracks, but sometimes you can change its course.

And that’s what happened recently in the Aegean Sea in a new twist in the evolving refugee crisis my colleagues from Amnesty International and I were researching on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios.

On 5 April, we were on board a night-time ferry from Mytilene, Lesvos, to Chios, when we were informed that our destination had changed because of “the refugee situation”. Hundreds of refugees and migrants were camping out in the open on the main dock in Chios harbour.

Because our ferry – a towering mass of metal the length of two football pitches – posed a serious threat to them, we were diverted mid-voyage and docked at another port an hour’s drive away.

At the time, the island of Chios was hosting more than 1,600 refugees and migrants, with Lesvos hosting around twice that number. Some 1,200 were being held in prison-like conditions in VIAL, a closed detention centre built around an abandoned aluminium factory 5.5km inland on Chios. Several hundred more people were sleeping rough in the port after fleeing overnight clashes in the camp several days earlier.

complete article at  HuffingtonPost please read as it is important we do not loose our humanity, after all we all love our children,would run to save their lives.They are us,no different,they cry,they care,they must be protected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have not had the heart to post

I have not had the heart to post much in recent days.Feeling to down at the news

filtering in from the world.Wars everywhere,people fleeing for their lives but the world

gives them a cold reception.Those that drop the bombs and get rich on the never ending war,

keep their own population poor and hungry,or in comatose middle comfort.So afraid are they

of loosing  STUFF  that instead they loose their humanity.Instead of seeing people like themselves they only the “other”.Those that stand against the tide are torn apart from strife

within themselves.Fear ,desperation,those in power have no shame,no guilt,no consciousness ,machine like amassing wealth that allows a few privileged to control and play with the lives of millions.

We really have become Airstrip 1 but nobody seems to notice.

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Update from Dan in Lesvos:

“After a quiet period on the Island, during which we got our heads down in preparation for what we knew was coming; the inevitable has occurred and boats have started arriving, en mass, on the shore of southern Lesvos again.

This picture was taken at about 7am, after a nightmare of a night. And when I say nightmare, I mean a night that will surely be haunting my sleep for years to come. I will share what happened that night with you guys at some point, but first I need to get my own head around what happened, what I experienced, what I saw.

Anyway, this picture.

We had been sitting at the lookout point, the cliff known as Katia, when we noticed a small wooden fishing boat rapidly approaching an extremely dangerous area at the foot of the cliff.

Our team raced along the coast to meet it as fast as we could, jumped out of the car and started running down the rocky path towards where the boat had been heading…but somehow we had lost sight of it. The refugees in that boat were approaching the rocks, alone….

I left the team there to continue searching and jumped back in the car on my own, deciding to drive round to the other side of the cliff and see if i could approach the same area from the opposite direction, to ensure we covered any possible eventualities.

I abandoned the car once it had taken me as far as it could, and started running. I ran for a good 10 minutes, back along the waterfront, my heart exploding in my chest. I was exhausted but the adrenaline kept me going.

In the distance I could see the boat again. My team had found it and were already in the water attempting to take control of the situation, helping people off as calmly as possible, whilst also tending to the needs of the people once off, freezing cold, soaking wet, and often traumatised. As I got closer I estimated about 40 people, many of them young families.

I had a few emergency blankets on me, but not enough, so I proceeded to wrap them around the smallest children first, having to prioritise.

Once everyone was safely on dry land and ready for it, we began to lead the way along the base of the cliff for the long walk back to the road. It was rocky and difficult and many people were struggling either with children, with injuries, or just putting one foot in front of the other on solid ground after the traumatic crossing.

This little boy was handed to me by his mother as she was struggling with her two other children and a few heavy bags. I had already slid the emergency blanket under his clothes, against his skin, pulled it up and tied it to form a little hood around his head for warmth.

He giggled as we walked and enjoyed a biscuit given to him by the other volunteers who had now joined us. By the time we got to the road and I handed him back to his Mamma, we were friends, and he gave me a kiss on the cheek, leaving me covered in crumbs.
I am so grateful for my team. We were the first on the scene and dealt with the situation in a controlled and compassionate manner. The people on this boat arrived to Europe happy, calm, and most importantly safe.

This picture was taken by a photographer called Cesar Lopez Balan. I’m having a little trouble seeing the pain in my face. I hardly recognised myself, but I wanted to mention that way Carlos conducts himself photographing what is happening right on the front line. He actually helps out, always ensures he puts the people first and still takes wonderful, emotional photos. I wanted to mention this as not many photographers conduct themselves in this way, so thank you.

Dan”

from the Worldwide Tribe at:The World wide Tribe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You guys might have heard the news….

The Authorities in Calais have confirmed they will be bulldozing about half of the Jungle by the end of this week

Over 1000 people of the south side of the camp will, again, be left with nothing, no home, no dignity and no hope.

The area planned to be cleared is where the majority of the families in the camp live, as well as many important community areas and facilities lovingly and time-consumingly built by refugees and volunteer groups over the last few months. These include:

– The Women and Children’s centre (supporting over 200 women and children)
– The newly built Youth Centre (supporting hundreds of young boys, many of whom are fleeing compulsory military service and are unaccompanied, alone and vulnerable)
– Three mosques
– One Church
– Three schools
– Jungle Books – the camp’s lovely library run by the amazing Mary
– The Good Chance Theatre (the dome)
– The Legal Centre
– The vaccination centre
– The Ashram Kitchen (and other aid distribution points and hot food distributions which serve over 2000 meals a day)

There are just no words for this ultimate injustice. How are the victims of war, of genocide, being treated this way? These are the very people we need to be supporting in full, showering with love and compassion, the victims of the biggest evils, the most devastating tragedies happening in our world right now.

And this is what is happening to them in France? Right on our doorstep..

This is history in the making.

Please sign this petition if you can: https://secure.avaaz.org/…/Premier_Ministre_Valls_Ministr…/… (it’s in french but it’s basically to stop the destruction)

Photos taken on film by Nils O’Hara

"You guys might have heard the news….

The Authorities in Calais have confirmed they will be bulldozing about half of the Jungle by the end of this week…

Over 1000 people of the south side of the camp will, again, be left with nothing, no home, no dignity and no hope.

The area planned to be cleared is where the majority of the families in the camp live, as well as many important community areas and facilities lovingly and time-consumingly built by refugees and volunteer groups over the last few months. These include:

- The Women and Children’s centre (supporting over 200 women and children)
- The newly built Youth Centre (supporting hundreds of young boys, many of whom are fleeing compulsory military service and are unaccompanied, alone and vulnerable)
- Three mosques
- One Church
- Three schools
- Jungle Books - the camp’s lovely library run by the amazing Mary
- The Good Chance Theatre (the dome)
- The Legal Centre
- The vaccination centre
- The Ashram Kitchen (and other aid distribution points and hot food distributions which serve over 2000 meals a day)

There are just no words for this ultimate injustice. How are the victims of war, of genocide, being treated this way? These are the very people we need to be supporting in full, showering with love and compassion, the victims of the biggest evils, the most devastating tragedies happening in our world right now. 

And this is what is happening to them in France? Right on our doorstep..

This is history in the making.

Photos taken on film by Nils O'Hara"
"You guys might have heard the news….

The Authorities in Calais have confirmed they will be bulldozing about half of the Jungle by the end of this week…

Over 1000 people of the south side of the camp will, again, be left with nothing, no home, no dignity and no hope.

The area planned to be cleared is where the majority of the families in the camp live, as well as many important community areas and facilities lovingly and time-consumingly built by refugees and volunteer groups over the last few months. These include:

- The Women and Children’s centre (supporting over 200 women and children)
- The newly built Youth Centre (supporting hundreds of young boys, many of whom are fleeing compulsory military service and are unaccompanied, alone and vulnerable)
- Three mosques
- One Church
- Three schools
- Jungle Books - the camp’s lovely library run by the amazing Mary
- The Good Chance Theatre (the dome)
- The Legal Centre
- The vaccination centre
- The Ashram Kitchen (and other aid distribution points and hot food distributions which serve over 2000 meals a day)

There are just no words for this ultimate injustice. How are the victims of war, of genocide, being treated this way? These are the very people we need to be supporting in full, showering with love and compassion, the victims of the biggest evils, the most devastating tragedies happening in our world right now. 

And this is what is happening to them in France? Right on our doorstep..

This is history in the making.

Photos taken on film by Nils O'Hara"
"You guys might have heard the news….

The Authorities in Calais have confirmed they will be bulldozing about half of the Jungle by the end of this week…

Over 1000 people of the south side of the camp will, again, be left with nothing, no home, no dignity and no hope.

The area planned to be cleared is where the majority of the families in the camp live, as well as many important community areas and facilities lovingly and time-consumingly built by refugees and volunteer groups over the last few months. These include:

- The Women and Children’s centre (supporting over 200 women and children)
- The newly built Youth Centre (supporting hundreds of young boys, many of whom are fleeing compulsory military service and are unaccompanied, alone and vulnerable)
- Three mosques
- One Church
- Three schools
- Jungle Books - the camp’s lovely library run by the amazing Mary
- The Good Chance Theatre (the dome)
- The Legal Centre
- The vaccination centre
- The Ashram Kitchen (and other aid distribution points and hot food distributions which serve over 2000 meals a day)

There are just no words for this ultimate injustice. How are the victims of war, of genocide, being treated this way? These are the very people we need to be supporting in full, showering with love and compassion, the victims of the biggest evils, the most devastating tragedies happening in our world right now. 

And this is what is happening to them in France? Right on our doorstep..

This is history in the making.

Photos taken on film by Nils O'Hara"

if you want to help go here :The Worldwide Grouse

 

 

Greece/Macedonia: Asylum Seekers Trapped at Border

Blocked Access to Asylum; Beatings by Soldiers; Poor Conditions

 Two young Iranian sisters at the Idomeni border crossing between Greece and Macedonia.  January 26, 2016.

(Brussels) – Nationality-based restrictions at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are preventing asylum seekers from reaching countries where they want to lodge protection claims.

Human Rights Watch witnessed dozens of returns from Macedonia to Greece at the Idomeni border crossing during a three-day visit in late January 2016. The people are returned to a border area with poor conditions, instead of a well-equipped transit camp set up by aid agencies. Unable to proceed legally, people are increasingly trying to cross the border informally, where they face violence from Macedonian guards. And criminal human smuggling rings are taking advantage of the migrants and asylum seekers trapped in Greece at the border and are committing abuses against them, Human Rights Watch said.

“The failure of the European Union to tackle the refugee crisis fairly and responsibly has led to cascading restrictions at borders, with asylum seekers and migrants facing greater risks of abuse and exploitation,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch. “Desperate people who are the wrong nationality are being denied the right to move on, beaten by border guards if they try to cross, and preyed upon by smugglers.” Greek authorities will not allow asylum seekers to cross into the no-man’s land to reach the Macedonia border post unless they are Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans who express the intention to seek asylum in Germany or Austria.

full story at:Human Rights Watch

Syria conflict: UN fears Aleppo assault could cut off 300,000 civilians

A girl mourns the loss of her relatives after air strikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel-held Saliheen district of Aleppo (8 February 2016)

Up to 300,000 people could be cut off from food supplies if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, the UN says.

A road from Turkey used by the World Food Programme to reach eastern Aleppo was blocked last week after the government launched a major offensive.

The agency currently has an alternative route, but it may soon be severed too.

The UN is also calling on Turkey to let in some 30,000 people stranded on its border who have fled the fighting.

Aid workers say facilities at the border have been overwhelmed, with people forced to sleep outside in the bitter winter weather.

full article and video at BBC NEWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes

Macedonia Migrants

PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) — Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans.

After arriving in Macedonia with dozens of other migrants, the group crossed into Serbia on foot in the middle of the night, icy snow stinging their eyes and lacing the children’s faces with tears.

Their heads bent low to protect from the cold, the migrants trudged slowly through the snow, carrying babies, small children and belongings along the 2-kilometer (1.2 mile) stretch of the road over the so-called green boundary between the two Balkan nations. A 10-year-old boy took a blanket from his shoulders to wrap it around his younger sister as they walked across the frozen landscape hand in hand.

Even as winter bears down on Europe and European Union countries set up new administrative hurdles for their entry, tens of thousands of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia have been desperate enough to embark on the weeks-long journey across the Aegean Sea and along the so-called Balkan migrant corridor where frigid weather and stricter border controls have turned an already tough journey into an even more treacherous one.

Safe in the Serbian town of Presevo on the border with Macedonia, Orwani said there was no turning back.

“Our trip is very dangerous and risky,” the 20-year-old Orwani said. “We crossed the sea, we were in a boat, and the waves in the sea could easily sink us in the water.”

While Europe took in more than 1 million people in 2015, EU countries have been struggling to limit the biggest migration to the continent since World War II. Some countries along the migrant route have said they want to slow the influx or even completely block it. Some of the nations imposed new, stricter regulations for those transiting toward their ultimate goal, Germany or other rich west European countries.

As a result, dozens of refugees have been turned back from the borders amid freezing winter temperatures, while others have faced border closures and long hours in registration centers and refugee camps. Experts say the measures are unlikely to stop the flow, but could instead prompt the refugees to again start using illegal routes over razor-wire border fences and through forests, pushing them into the hands of ruthless smugglers.

full story at AP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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