PRESS RELEASE: Alarming humanitarian crisis at Pedion tou Areos park
Press release from the Greek Forum of Refugees
The Greek Forum of Refugees, following the Press Release from Afghan Community in Greece, seeks to raise awareness concerning the situation of hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers. Fleeing the war in Afghanistan and seeking for protection and safety in Europe, they arrived in Lesvos Island and ended up in Athens.
Families, children and elderly people are, during the last five days, struggling to survive by camping at Pedion tou Areos' park. These refugee families do not have any mean to access potable water, food, hygiene items as well as showers. The municipality of Athens has installed some chemical toilets located at the park, but, unfortunately, regarding the amount of people this initiative is not enough.
Although NGOs and citizen's initiatives are already taking place, these efforts cannot replace the obligation of the authorities to implement a proper reception of people seeking international protection, by covering their basic needs in order to respect the dignity they deserve as human beings as well as respecting their Human Rights.
In addition, as we already experienced many times till now, when authorities do not face the situation, the first reactions of solidarity and humanism of the local society, soon are being transformed in negative reactions towards refugees and a social issue could arise.
The GFR tries to cope as best it cans the situation. However, we believe that only through the cooperation, each attempt will have a good result. Soon we will publish more information on emergencies.
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