Turkish military deaths in Syria and images of Syrians returning to their homeland for Eid spark violence and intimidation in Turkey
Via Middle East Eye– A hot summer has brought tempers to boiling point in Turkey, as hatred against its 2.9 million Syrian refugees spikes with Twitter campaigns, violence and even government ministers lashing out at their guests.
The German based organization Sea-Watch, who run a civil rescue ship off Libya to rescue migrants from unseaworthy boats, started a observation mission in the Aegean from which they are reporting on the hunger strike in the Moria refugee camp on Lesvos. They interviewed Arash Hampay, the brother of Amir who is detained in Moria awaiting his deportation to Turkey, which they together with three others are protesting against.
Die Crew unserer Beobachtermission berichtet aus dem Moria Refugee Camp, Lesbos/ Griechenland. Tag 8. Hungerstreik:Der iranische Aktivist Arash Hampay befindet sich seit acht Tagen im Hungerstreik. Er fordert die Freilassung aller willkürlich inhaftierten Flüchtenden aus Section B in Moria, die unschuldig und ohne Urteil festgehalten werden. "I AM HUMAN. MY LIFE HAS A VALUE" steht auf den Schildern der Männer, die den Hungerstreik als letztes Mittel sehen, Menschlichkeit einzufordern. Es geht um die simple Forderungen nach Grundrechten eines jeden Menschen und den Appell an die EU, willkürliche Inhaftierung von Flüchtenden zu stoppen.#MonitoringDirtyDeals***The crew of our observation mission reports from Moria Refugee Camp in Lesbos, Greece.Day 8 of Hunger Strike:The Iranian activist Arash Hampay has been on hunger strike for eight days. He is demanding the release of all arbitrarily detained refugees and migrants from Section B in Moria, who are entirely innocent and being detained without charge. "I AM HUMAN. MY LIFE HAS A VALUE" read the signs of these men, who see the hunger strike as their last means of calling for humanity.These are simple demands for universal human rights and a call to the EU to stop the arbitrary detntion of refugees and migrants.#MonitoringDirtyDeals
I saw lightning in the east
in a wink
I saw the sun dripping
in its blood
and the sea agitated
and the past robbed of its books.
Suffering Syrians, beautiful Syrians, Syrian brothers fleeing death.
You won’t reach the shores on rafts but will be born on beaches with the foam.
Lost gold dust you are, melted gold dust, scattered, dulled.
From abyss to abyss in the hollow of the sea of the Rum, with the star fish and her brother, the roving squid, the waves convey you under the light of Ursa Major, the Daughters of Na’sh.
From ‘Boat to Lesbos’, by Nouri Al-Jarrah
I came across Önder Tokuç, an artist based in Assos, whose “The Aegean Sea” collection has taken me back to the epic poem “Boat to Lesbos” written by Nouri Al-Jarrah. The Syrian poet who lives in exile since 1986 describes the Aegean Sea like a huge bloodstain. This was exactly what pushed Önder Tokuç to produce his powerful art works, consisting of ceramic statues and oil on canvas paintings.
The UNHCR Greece published an updated overview on returns from Greece to Turkey on 21th June. Since April 2016 1.217 persons have been deported to Turkey, almost half of them from Pakistan. Other nationalities include Syrians, Algerians, Bangladeshis and Afghans.