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URGENT CRISIS! 12,703 refugees on Lesvos! 10,400 in Moria! That means that over 5000 people are living in the olive grove in horrific conditions! Winter is almost upon us! Most of these people are families with children! THIS IS EUROPE!!!!! Sorry for my lack of words in the video but I was so upset and furious by the conditions these people are living in, by the overwhelming stench and the overcrowding. I don’t often visit the camp because I find it so hard to deal with. How can we treat people like this? they are people and yet we treat them worse than animals!! The EU must move these people to a safe place immediately!! The EU's deliberate deterrent of horrific conditions clearly isn't working! people are still arriving because they have no other choice With the winter upon us the situation is critical, if something isn’t done people will die and their blood will be on your hands! These conditions are repeated across the islands and on the mainland! THIS IS EUROPE! The conditions here are at their worst since 2015!! #SafePassafe #FortressEurope
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We try to keep this page as positive as possible, which as you can imagine is a challenge. The events in recent weeks and escalating abuses against refugees and their human rights has made that harder than ever! Everyday people come to us with stories of mistreatment that are hard to ignore, and we do our best to help them. Of all the organisations involved with refugees, the asylum agency, the police and so many others many of the complaints we receive are about mistreatment by the very people that should be here to protect them, Before I start, I would like to share the mission statement of the UNHCR; "The High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCR's primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees" The question i have asked over the years is that if the UNHCR does not uphold the rights of refugees then who does? On the audio below you will hear about several cases from just the last weeks, one happened just today. These are not isolated cases; these cases are not rare! Today a young female artist, just 18, arrived at the Hope project hysterical and sobbing it was already 3pm. She is alone in Lesvos arriving as a minor with her father, her father was later deported leaving his 17-year-old daughter alone in the worst camp in Europe. After being attacked several times the UNHCR moved her to a studio apartment for her own safety. She had received a phone call today at around 2pm telling her that, she had to leave on the boat for Athens at 4pm, she had to vacate her apartment by 4pm, if she failed to comply then she would be returned to Moria and her money would be stopped! This young lady is registered for school that starts next month, she has a fiancé here on the island, she has friends she has a life. With one phone call and two hours’ notice she is expected to drop everything and leave alone for a city that she doesn't know!! Another young single mum tells of being man handled by the UNHCR There are so many of these cases that it can no longer be looked at as incompetence or staffing issues. If the UNHCR will not protect the rights of refugees, who will? New policy of the UNHCR is that when a refugee is told to move, they can no longer decline. Even if they know the area is dangerous, unsuitable, isolated or they are alone and afraid. That matters not to those who should be their protectors. Now they have to leave, they have no choice. They are bullied and intimidated. If they decline, they will lose their right to accommodation, even their tent in Moria. They will lose their small monthly allowance. Basically, thrown onto the streets with nothing. I would like to remind the UNHCR that these are humans, the very humans that they are employed to protect. They are not cattle! Not animals! PEOPLE!!! If you do not stand for the human rights of refugees, then who does?