Recognized refugee and then what ? – Piece one
Through a series of short pieces, the GFR wishes to relate the story of Anwar, who decided to enter into hunger strike more than one month 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 1: “I can’t take it anymore”
Anwar, recognized refugee in Greece, has been 47-Days under a small tent on hunger strike in front of UNHCR office in Athens.
The reasons that brought him to start a hunger strike in front of UNHCR are the consequences of the misdirection and incomplete information provided to him when he first arrived to the continent; a inhumane European asylum system which later led to his deportation from Sweden back to Greece. Anwar is now requesting support from the authorities to give him a legal way to leave Greece, not providing sufficient protection to recognized refugees, and settle in another country.
“The first time I approached the Asylum office in Greece wasn’t for staying in this country, I approached the Asylum Office on the basis of the information I received from UNHCR. Because UNHCR was informed that I couldn’t stay and settle in Greece, but I couldn’t go to the people smugglers either, I was looking for legal pathways to leave Greece and be resettled in Other EU countries.
So, I spent months in this country to get these papers, then leave, without going back to smugglers, and when I got the papers, I left immediately. Eventually, I ended up in Sweden. But, they just asked me two questions, “Have you ever applied for asylum elsewhere in Europe?” And I said yes. “Do you have papers?” I said yes. “Can you show it to us?” I said yes. Then they kept me in the camps for 3 months and finally told me “We have Dublin regulations, sorry, you need to go back to Greece.” They didn’t even provide me with a lawyer, and send me back to Greece.
I definitely need resettlement. Now, because of Dublin Regulations, I cannot go to other EU countries, so my only hope now is to be resettled in another country outside of this continent like, U.S.A, Canada, Australia. European Monsters are playing refugees with their inhumane asylum system to reject as many as they can. They won’t let UNHCR to help us with resettlement opportunities in other countries. I made a mistake seeking refuge in Europe. I was looted in Europe rather than finding refuge. Europe’s and authorities brutality, barbarism and wildness toward refugees in the continent knows no border. They see Refugees as trash, but the real trash is not us. Instead of seeing slighted recovery, a sense of safety and security I was all in distress conditions, from the very moment I arrived on this silly continent till this very moment.
As a refugee who suffered so much in this continent, my message is very simple for them, if you can’t be human enough to offer people a place of refuge, then just let us go, you don’t own people, you have no rights to push anyone to stay in a swamp and be happy. Take back your fake protection and let me go. Stop sucking the blood out of refugees and making fame and money from them. Stop killing Refugees, let us go.”