Refugees and Human Rights Open discussion
On Wednesday 14 December, the GFR organised and hosted a discussion, as part of SCI Hellas Volunteering for Human Rights Week.
The aim of the event was to create the space for refugees, volunteers and organizations to exchange about the situation in Greece regarding refugees and asylum seekers.
To start, a short documentary was screened to introduce the subject, after the projection, GFR gave a brief description on how Eu and Greek legal framework are impacting the current situation of refugees in Greece.
Then came the time to talk about voluntary actions that are led to provide help and support to refugees across Greece. Members and volunteers from different organisations could share their experience.
An important focus was put on refugees testimonies. Thus, there were interventions from 6 refugees from the Afghan Community, the Syrian House, a community worker working in refugees camp, and independent volunteers from Burundi and Kenya. They brought their valuable experience in volunteering for and with refugees. Describing their personal background, they underlined the problems they are facing as refugees but also as members of refugee communities or organisations. Also, by sharing their hopes and all the actions they undertake to help other refugees, they highlighted how contributions of all kinds are precious when it comes to support each other.
One of the conclusions of the event was the lack of cooperation and communication between organizations operating in the same field. It was therefore an opportunity to open a door for further cooperation and to keep an ongoing dialogue on the issue. There is a need to rethink our actions and share best practices as well as refugees empowerment and mobilisation, if we want to bring adequate answers to refugees needs and improve their situation.