The Truth About Turkey: EU Deal Endangers Lives

Despite damning reports from Human Rights Watch amongst others, no investigation has been called into the deaths or human rights abuses. Instead, EU funds keep flowing… And with 156 journalists arrested there in 2015 alone, Turkey may not be the place to keep refugees safe, but it’s a prime location to hide their persecution. … More The Truth About Turkey: EU Deal Endangers Lives

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Human Rights, Self-Organisation & the Power of Solidarity: an Interview with Yonous Muhammadi

Refugees need self-organisation. They are being beaten and robbed. Every time they were pushed back – not just deported, but removed very violently. There have also been many cases of sexual abuse. And we are still getting cases like this, with authorities deporting refugees back to Turkey and saying: ‘don’t you dare come back.’ … More Human Rights, Self-Organisation & the Power of Solidarity: an Interview with Yonous Muhammadi

EU Cracks Down on Independent Volunteers in Greece

When they started throwing volunteers in jail, it was a sign of things to come. The first five were locked up on smuggling charges after they rescued 51 people from a stranded dinghy the coastguard would not look for. “They treated us like terrorists,” said one, when they were released on bail for €5-10,000 per head, facing a custodial sentence of five to ten years. … More EU Cracks Down on Independent Volunteers in Greece

Entry IV: The Sinking of the Nameless: Recollections of a Volunteer/Journalist

Great tragedies are supposed to have names. The Titanic, the Lusitania… Their dead live forever in the stories we tell about them and the living fight for change in their memory that they might not die in vain. This is just a boat of ‘migrants’ that sunk in the Aegean, another number, another regrettable spat … More Entry IV: The Sinking of the Nameless: Recollections of a Volunteer/Journalist

Odyssey Entry II: Lesvos’ Hidden Humanitarian Disaster

12th October 2015 – Police beatings, tear gas, hunger and chaos. It sounds more like the repression of the Arab Spring than UN staffed registration centre for refugees. But at Camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesvos, this is the shameful reality. Lesvos has long been on the front line of Europe’s refugee crisis, … More Odyssey Entry II: Lesvos’ Hidden Humanitarian Disaster

Odyssey Entry I: There Is No Migrant Crisis

The vast majority of the men, women and children crossing into Europe from the south refugees from war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. But there are no migrants anymore. Not in this crisis. The three furies of conflict, climate change and chronic poverty have wrought instability throughout the global South. It’s usually … More Odyssey Entry I: There Is No Migrant Crisis