Über 1000 Menschen demonstrierten heute im Friedrichshainer Kiez ihr Solidarität mit den Flüchtlingen auf dem Dach der Gürtelstrasse und protestierten gegen Rassismus in Politik und Gesellschaft. Sie zogen vom S-BHF Warschauer Strasse zur Gürtelstrasse 39, wo seit Dienstag mehrere Flüchtlinge aus Protest gegen die Verarschungspolitik des Berliner Senats das Dach besetzt halten. Die Polizei versucht die Flüchtlinge auszuhungern und verhindert seit Tagen das Essen und Wasser auf das Dach gebracht werden können. Die Strukturen vor Ort brauchen weiterhin dringend solidarische Unterstützung. Kommt vorbei!
Omar suffers from a growth hormone deficiency, the result of a dysfunctional pituitary gland, and as a result is trapped in a tiny body. He looks around five but is actually seven-years-old.
He and his family fled Syria two years ago after the revolution began and government forces started shelling his hometown of Idlib. There he was receiving regular hormone and vitamin treatment to help him grow. But in Tripoli, northern Lebanon where his family took refuge, the treatment is too expensive even for aid organizations to cover.
Omar attends a “second shift” school for refugees, where French is his favorite subject.
When asked about his memories of Syria, he says: “I remember when my uncle Ahmed was killed, he was hit with three bullets. One in his leg, one in his back, one in his shoulder. Then a lot of blood came out.”
There is hope for young Omar. He and his family are now being considered for resettlement in Europe, where his treatment can be paid for in full.
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How would you feel if you were a 13 year old girl starting to menstruate - and had only two pairs of underpants?
That is exactly what appears to be happening on Nauru. And we won’t stand for it. It’s time to send tampons to Scott Morrison again, to register our outrage.
Our tampon protest started seven months ago, when reports came from refugee advocates that women asylum were being ritually humiliated as they were forced by needed to ask guards for sanitary products that were doled out one or two at a time. These reports came on top of a woman being separated from her baby, doctors reporting asylum seekers being denied proper medical treatment, a high number of miscarriages and a sick pregnant women asking for medical assistance being told to “lower her expectations”.
Two months ago we paused this successful campaign, as we believed the inhumane treatment of women in refugee camps had largely stopped. Today, however, we learn this doesn’t seem to be the case.
Among other human rights abuses of asylum seekers reported by Save the Children advocates on Nauru was this report: ”A 13-year-old girl who started menstruating on Nauru but had only two pairs of underwear ‘She felt shame because … each day she had to wash her underwear and hang them to dry in front of her father which was not culturally appropriate.’ “ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/14/child-asylum-seekers-rights-on-nauru-systematically-violated-inquiry-told
This demeaning of refugee women by our Government must stop. We’re re-activating this campaign. Please send Scott Morrison a sanitary product – just one unused one. Or, you could send clean underwear, if you prefer. Your delivery to his office symbolises the humiliation that occurs in secret for women in our detention centres here and off shore.
Let’s flood him with our disapproval. It’s up to you, Destroyers. This protest has attracted international attention and also sends a message to refugee women in detention that they’re not ignored.
Please send to: Scott Morrison MP Minister for Immigration and Border Protection PO Box 6022 Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Telephone: 02 6277 7860 Fax: 02 6273 4144 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Hieu Van Le, A vietnamese refugee who came to Australia in the 70s who is now the Governor of South Australia. My favourite part of this story is where he recounts his entry to Australia:
"Living in a refugee camp was one of the most horrific experiences one can go through," he said of the experience.
He boarded another leaky vessel to try for Australia, nervous of being turned away. But the fears proved to be unfounded. He says he still recalls the greeting he received from a pair of fisherman in a small boat off Darwin Harbour.
"One of the guys raised a stubby up as if proposing a toast. ‘G’day mate,’ he shouted. ‘Welcome to Australia’." (X)
This is the Australia I know and love, not the country that embraces a shitty racist refugee policy that locks desperate people in a multi-billion dollar prison.
When three Central American immigrant children testified before a congressional caucus this week to talk about why they came to the United States, their stories mentioned one peculiarity: freezing temperatures in the Border Patrol facilities where they were kept for several days.
Nobody expects a Border Patrol processing center to be luxurious, but the children’s descriptions of the freezing rooms alarmed lawmakers.
“My little sister’s lips even turned blue,” said Mayeli Hernandez, a 12-year-old girl from Honduras who testified to the panel on Tuesday through a translator. “We were shivering the whole time that we were there. We were there for four very cold days.”
Fifteen-year-old Saul Martinez, who also testified, had a similar experience. “The room was very cold. I was shivering the whole time,” he said. “There weren’t any beds. They gave us a nylon [blanket], which barely kept us warm.”
Their cases aren’t anomalies. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said that many other unaccompanied child migrants she had met all mentioned frigid temperatures during their time in Border Patrol custody.