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We are not Terrorists

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Refugees in the refugee camp in sub-zero temperatures condemn Trump's US travel ban.
We are not Terrorists

Rapporteur_Hessam Karbasian: So far four people in sub-zero temperatures have died in a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece.

20-year-old Afghanistan, Rustam in Moria, crowded refugee camps on the island of Lesbos in Greece lives and saw the worst winters in recent decades. "The situation here is very serious and she ruins lives at the bottom of the road leading to the camp."

The ruins of an abandoned warehouse that only a few cardboard boxes, a table and a few wooden benches where there is written on the wall: "No man is illegal."

Rustam has been living for three months in the cellar with a few other people lived, people from Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar were Rohingya. Rustam said: "How many children live with her father in the cold, but far better camp here and every time I had to return to camp to get here."

 

 

About 3 thousand people live at Camp Moriah. The camp has already been Maytyln military base near the city. Over the past few months the air temperature is below zero degrees and snow to the area and tents are white. Despite the recent cold weather has decreased but is still in the freezing night weather.

A Syrian immigrant who came to the camp from Aleppo and it’s been 4 months in the camp lives with his wife said: "We are here to suffer more than Syria."

He demanded to be able to come out of the island and moved elsewhere to be able to make a profit. He says conditions on the island is very bad and they live here with a lot of regrets.

He says his wife is suffering from kidney problems, but the doctor has only been able to give her paracetamol. "What should we do? What should we say? Just show us what to do. We are suffering here more than in Syria. Even if you sent us back to our countries, at least we would know we would die."

When he first arrived at the camp, Mohamed says he spent five days waiting outside at the gates to register. "They [the authorities] spent hours asking me where I had come from and why, then I was given a red card. If I got a green card, I could go to Athens," he said. "Young men can walk or find work and earn money to buy food, just to live a normal life at least. But I cannot."

We are not terrorists – I am just a man

Like thousands of others on Lesbos, Rustam is effectively trapped on the island with nowhere to go. Young and angry, he laments the treatment of migrants seeking better lives and condemns Trump's travel ban on people from Muslim-majority countries.

He says it speaks volumes about the perception of Muslims and refugees. Although Afghanistan is not on Trump's list of banned countries, Rustam wants to know why people are being turned away from the United States on what he says is the basis of their religion.

"The president of America is bad for refugees – dangerous for Muslim people," he observes. "We are not terrorists. One person may be a problem, then they think we are all a problem. It's not good. It makes me very angry."

"Look," Rustam says, pointing at his chest. "I am just a man, why do they think I am a problem? Why?"

Aid struggles to reach Moria camp

When we reach Moria, we are immediately turned away. Since the four men died, security has been tightened and no reporters – and no cameras – are being allowed in.

Surrounded by walls and barbed wire, it looks more like an army facility than a temporary home for refugees. In a tent serving as a cafe and small shop outside, the police and security staff watch over us as we speak to refugees coming to and from the camp.

Driving along the perimeter of the camp, the graffiti betrays the mindset of the people living inside. "Movement" and "freedom" are painted on the side of the tents and the walls. Once again, the police tell us to move on when they see us taking photographs.

Even charitable organisations delivering aid have been prevented from entering the camp in recent days.

Muntada Aid, which is working alongside an NGO called Hope and Aid Direct, have a warehouse stacked full of thick coats, trousers, winter boots, wool hats, scarves and more, just a couple of miles up the road from the camp.

The trucks, which left the UK over a week ago, are loaded and ready to deliver the badly-needed essentials – but the aid workers cannot get into the camp to distribute it. Kabir Miah, the overseas project manager at Muntada Aid, warns the refugees are increasingly at risk of dying in the cold without the aid.

"We hear stories of people freezing to death in Moria camp and more people are going to die," he says.

"These people urgently need warm clothing, blankets, if these people had adequate clothing perhaps they wouldn't have died. So we have a warehouse full of stuff just down the road and they're not allowing us to deliver it. Ultimately it will get delivered, but not right now – when it is needed the most.

"Why are they preventing aid agencies like us from supplying people with warm clothing? We have got sleeping bags, thermal clothing, socks – this is essential, right now. But the authorities are not allowing us to deliver it. Perhaps the conditions are so bad they don't want us to see it."

 

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