Recognized refugee and then what ? – Piece three
Through a series of short pieces, the GFR wishes to relate the story of Anwar, who decided to enter into hunger strike 53 days ago to protest against his treatment and living conditions since he arrived in Europe 2 years ago. With his testimony, divided in several topics, we want to bring attention to his claims, but also disclose out loud the major issues he experienced, as well as too many of recognized refugees in Greece.
Piece 3: “This is Europe’s brutality”
Recognized refugees are authorised to travel inside European Union for a limit of 3 months, however, they are not entitled to apply for asylum in another EU country, and often are being returned after the expiration of the time limit of 3 months.
“So, I spent months in this country to get these papers and then to have a legal way to leave to other EU countries and settle there. So, after getting the papers I left immediately. I went to Rome, then Calais and I eventually ended up in Sweden. In Sweden, they just asked me two questions, “Have you ever applied for asylum anywhere else in Europe?” I said yes. “Do you have papers?” I said yes “Can you show it to us?” I said yes. And then they kept me in the camps for 3 months and later they said “We have Dublin regulations, sorry, you need to go back to Greece”. They didn’t even provide me with a lawyer. Not before and after registration, not after having the first interview, not even when the first decision was made on the case. And I was sent back to Greece before the second decision comes out from Migration Court. They put me on an airplane to Athens and told me Greek authorities will receive you there. But I was received by ‘’Allodapon’’. I was in their custody for more than 4 hours in their Police station near the Airport. Dehumanizing and criminalizing refugees are the only ways Police have been taught in conducting its behaviors with foreigners.
Refugees experience too often the feeling of being trapped in Europe. Reaching the coasts is at the cost of their own lives, but that is only the first part of the journey. After that, a long road has to be taken to gain safety. As Anwar relates here, safe passages should be made and guaranteed to asylum seekers looking for international protection.
“We need a safe way. There is war, persecution and so many other factors which leave so many people no other choices but to flee. Closing all the borders, letting people die in the sea, playing them in a brutal and inhumane asylum system, is called brutality and barbarism. This is Europe’s and UNHCR’s brutality, barbarism and wildness targeted against poor, innocent and defenseless refugees. This is Europe’s brutality. It is as simple as that.
I made a mistake ok? I made a mistake seeking refuge in Europe. Can’t be human enough to give us a place of refuge just let us leave. Let me leave. I’m not asking for anything illegal. Is Europe allowing refugees to enter the continent? No. For allowing Refugees to leave the continent, freely without obstacles and inflicting pain and suffering on us? No.
Governments whether they admit it or not, are now practically backing smuggling networks. Children are selling their bodies to earn money and pay smugglers right here in Athens? I heard about a Humanitarian Corridor, which allegedly allowing Syrian Refugees to safely arrive in Italy. That’s a good thing for our common ground as a human species, for civilization, for our future. Other countries, if they truly stand by their values and are honest with the claims of protecting refugees must do the same. What’s the problem with that? It happened in the past, loads of ships and ferries carried refugees from Europe to other parts of the world; why this cannot i happen now? Are we not in humanitarian crisis for some years now, if they are not going to this now, then when? Unless we say, what’s truly happening to us, to the refugees it actually the real face of so called civilization and civilization’s values.
Inflicting pain, releasing statements which cost pain and suffering to real people are not helpful at all. Leaders set the behavioral norms of a culture, their behaviors have a contagious quality. Leadership doesn’t consist of/nor is the ability to inflict pain and suffering on others but to come up with measures which helps alleviate if not eradicate it. Hostility is not only very well represented in leadership positions, it runs rampant. What is more important? Letting real people perish in the seas or providing them with Safe Passages and Resettlement opportunities. All lives are equal, refugees lives matter.”
Feeling of despair, abandon, and above all so many questions that cannot find an answer…
Germany took in like one million people. If other countries do the same, there will be no crisis. England, France, Canada, U.S.A, Russia, Arab countries as well. All are rich countries. If they just take in some and the rest of other countries takes in the rest, there would be no pressure on one or few countries alone. But they are not doing this, why? 20 million people are now starving in Africa, why? Millions in other places? Is this population controlled, are they doing this to kill people? Is this the agenda? Let us know.
People are dying in the seas, nobody cares about it, why? We have a lot of ‘Why’. Kurds, 40 million people, our land ruined by French and British people. Yet even a Kurdish child in need of protection would not find asylum in either of these countries, why? Honestly, we are a big stateless nation with no support from anywhere. There are also parties, organizations, activists, who speak out for the Kurds, but nobody is standing with us, why? Instead, they stand with those dictators and tyrants whom even deny our existence in the entire nation, Kurdish People. They say there is no such thing, No Kurdistan, No Kurdish People. This is the Middle East. You have countries in your continent with less than one million population, and you are happy together, you live as neighbors. Why this shouldn’t happen in the Middle East as well? It’s political games, sacrificing an entire nation for others. There is no nation greater than any other, change the borders so that everybody has his own country and all live together as good neighbors and thus less people would be forced to live in exile for decades. Also, asylum countries would have less refugee problems. It’s like if you follow the right policies, everything else just fell in line. There would be less problems and less human suffering everywhere.
Last year, Europe opened its borders to let some people freely pass and arrive in Germany and other countries. Helping suffering souls is a good attitude everyone should follow. All these people in Germany should appreciate that. Hope they will benefit German society and we won’t see a time they regret helping people. I’m hoping for that. Humans matter, human lives matter.
Europe opened its borders at that time when I was in Sweden and even I didn’t benefit from this open border policy. A policy which didn’t last long, and after a while they started to shut down all the routes. They did it, step by step, till all the routes were closed permanently. Now, rather than safe pathways you just see fences everywhere.
They know people are here, they know people are suffering, but they let happen in pursue of their ugly purposes, it’s intentional. They know people who come to Europe are coming to Europe, not bankrupt Greece or bankrupt Italy. Because there is absolutely no life, no future here. You know it. I know it. Media knows it. Politicians also know it. But why are they doing this to us? Why?” They don’t own people, what’s happening to the refugees, to people like me shouldn’t be acceptable to anyone.
Do you think Europe cannot see the refugees’ needs? There is no way to see it? Of course, they see it, of course they know about it, but they just pretend like they don’t know, because their agenda and their goals is in targeting and damaging refugees, not helping them out. In hindering our lives, and exploiting us.“