“Crowding and inhumane living conditions inside the refugee camps on the Greek islands are the ideal factors for the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic” warn the Doctors Without Borders, in a recent announcement. And yet, the Greek government wastes millions to hire border patrols for keeping the borders of Evros sealed and pushing back boats arriving to the islands, and to imprison refugees with fences around the camps and the hiring of security companies. Meanwhile, they do not bother to hire doctors and nurses to upgrade the public health system, which is the only shield protecting the poor from the virus. For the asylum seekers, the migrants and refugees from the camps to the strawberry fields of Manolada, it is impossible to maintain even the most basic preventive measures, such as frequent hand washing, proper ventilation of closed spaces and frequent cleaning with disinfectants and cleaning products. Instead, in most camps, there are dozens of families living in tents, unable to enroll into programs for housing, social support and healthcare. Communicating with the 24hour Helpline of the National Public Health Organization, as the Ministry of health suggests, is obviously impossible for people living piled inside the concentration camps of shame. It is outrageously racist of the government to claim/pretend that the fast-tracked building of closed holding facilities, such as the ones at Kleidi, Serres and the Gerakini military camp at Malakasa, will act as a deterrent to the spread of the Coronavirus. As if the refugees were to blame for the pandemic. In reality, new closed holding facilities equal only to new death traps for the refugees, along with Amygdaleza, Corinth and Paranesti. We will not allow it! Public Health is NOT a personal responsibility, and above all is NOT a privilege of the few. To save our Public Health, and to put the lives of locals and migrants above their profits, we demand: Closing of the camps of shame, and transport of all refugees - documented and undocumented - to houses and hotels within the cities, with responsibility of the public and municipal care structures, along with mass hires of permanent staff. Free access to hospitals and all public sector services for everyone.
REFUGEE COMMITIES FROM THE CAMPS OF MORIA, MALAKASA, SCHISTO, DIAVATA, ELEONAS, CORINTH, AMYGDALEZA
KEERFA (MOVEMENT ‘UNITED AGAINST RACISM AND THE FASCIST THREAT’)
PAKISTAN COMMUNITY OF GREECE ‘UNITY’
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