+ Remembering how we let this happen
Sunday 27 January was International Holocaust Remembrance Day
A meme on Facebook reminds us: "Remember, it didn't start with gas chambers. It started with politicians dividing the people with "us vs. them." It started with intolerance and hate speech and when people stopped caring became desensitized and turned a blind eye."
As we reflect on the past, we also reflect on how history is repeating itself around the world.
A group that CID's Natalia Karacaoglu works with on the Greek island, Samos is one of a few volunteer-based groups working as hard as they can to support the worsening and mostly forgotten situation. There are no international NGOs left working on the island.Samos Volunteers
reported from the island this week:
"It’s never been this bad.
Samos Volunteers has spent three years responding to each twist and turn of the refugee crisis on Samos. We have risen to new challenges as we found them. But the camp has never been as overcrowded, or as dangerous, as it is now.
After the EU-Turkey deal came into place and began to trap people on the island for months or even years, we turned to educational and recreational projects to fight boredom and isolation. We teach languages, music and dance, play with kids, and have a clean, dry space for people to come and relax.
As hygiene conditions became worse and worse, we opened our laundry station, the only place on the island asylum seekers can get their clothes washed and dried.
As the asylum system became more complex and overloaded, we partnered with the incredible Refugee Law Clinic Berlin, and as of January 2019, Avocats Sans Frontieres, to open our legal centre to provide legal support and advice.
As the situation on the island goes from bad to worse, we need to stay and keep standing by the vulnerable people forced to live in unlivable conditions. As the situation gets increasingly desperate, we need to keep providing a place where people are treated with the dignity they deserve. We couldn’t do this without you ."