Location: Afghan Cultural Center Address: Peristeri Lefkosias 68
We are pleased to invite you to the Afghan Cultural Center for the presentation of “A Generation Outside of Afghanistan 2003-2016, Afghan Refugees in Greece” a research project conducted to support the Mental Health of Asylum Seekers in Greece.
The open discussion will be Livestream via FB for all to address the critical issues:
- The Barriers of Afghan Asylum in Greece/EU: sharing the experiences of old refugee asylum seekers
- Afghan residents of Greece since 2015-post March 2016-Deportation Policy
- Integration / Lack of Legal Documents
- The imperative situation of discrimination for people residing in official/unofficial camps, squats and self-organized housing in Greece
- How to advocate for Afghan participation in the relocation schemes and set up a strategy of support to petition policy makers/stakeholders
Afghan Panel Members will include:
Mohammad Mirzay, Nadir Noori, Alimadad Rahimi, Rahmad Mohammadi,
We look forward to everyone’s voice to coordinate the effort,
Livestream Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625053277787530/?active_tab=about
Generation Outside members today were deeply saddened 16/10/2016 to be called to service (yet again) to provide legal and support services to a newly widowed young Afghan mother (traveling with their 4 year child and other family members) living in the Arrivals section at Elliniko Camp for the last 5 months.
The unfortunate news was delivered while escorting the family to identify the young Afghan refugee at a nearby hospital in Voula, after being discovered early this morning by the local coastguard.Please send your prayers as we go forward in assisting the family to respectively bury the young man with dignity, valuing their journey and effort to make a better life for themselves and to all the refugees we stand with you and honor you. Thank you City Plaza for the image and kind words and service you provide together with all people.
GENERATION OUTSIDE OF AFGHANISTAN
We acknowledge the many humanitarians that stood together in solidarity with all refugees in Elliniko Camp and to share this day together on Saturday August 20th 2016.
Generation Outside of Afghanistan was present with the people to hear and reflect their voices.
The Afghan refugees are asking from European countries why they are not registered and according to policy acknowledged as refugees, they ask:
“ARE WE NOT HUMAN?”
People want a clear policy that offers a systematic plan for Afghans and demand a response as to why Afghans are not in the proposed Relocation or Family Reunification Schemas?
Currently Afghan refugees in Elliniko Camp have pre-registration cards from the newly adapted asylum service with an approximate time wait of 1 year.
THE REFUGEES VOICES
- Due to the long term waiting process: the atmosphere creates a tension that all are stuck and the lack of authority and security most are at risk and NOT safe
- There are plenty of vulnerable, pregnant women, and minors together within the general population without any special considerations.
- Unfortunately to date there is no security after 10pm and no one authority safeguarding people’s security and many people are reporting they are in danger
- Adding to the fact that there are not ample interpreters in the camp to cover the needs of the people
- These include some medical teams who have no interpreters:
- When any request for medicines is made from doctors for any type of sickness all are given the same paracetamol and sometimes offered advice to drink more water.
The main psychological issues stem from the lack of information and rights for Afghans in Greece and Europe, whom are now living in the worst conditions and coping with discrimination from an unjust system, which is creating an overall security risk and heightened political crisis.
An example includes the unfortunate deaths of young Afghan refugees within the camp, never properly reported or accounted for by authorities or the responsible media.
The message many demand to be heard:
“The current asylum system creates the discrimination between refugees NOT the refugees themselves”