New kitchen, cleaning up and deportations…the last days on Lesvos

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A few days ago we finally found a place for our kitchen! We moved around a lot in the last two weeks and are super happy to have a stable place again for cooking. After the conflicts in the days before that we had a lot of meetings and discussions. Finally it was decided to separate the kitchen from the Social Center building. Also we were asked to support the people more in cooking for themselves instead of serving ready food. So now its food boxes for cooking instead of cups of ready food.

We are cooking everyday now in the new kitchen and distributing the bigger part on Tsamakia beach and a smaller part we bring to the people in the squats around the old Social Center.

Apart from all the moving and cleaning of the new place we had nice, quiet and sunny days.

Check out our new kitchen:

Also a NGO called swisscross started cleaning up in the squats, getting rid of all the junk that the owners of the old warehouse left inside when leaving the place and therefore making the place more liveable.

But as always there is also shit going on here…in the last days the police was rounding up people from Pakistan and Bangladesh. A lot of people were picked up by the cops in the street, taken to Moria and the people that didn’t do it before were forced to give their fingerprints and apply for asylum. Most of their cases will be rejected quickly and then they will be deported back to Turkey. Already today morning around 60-70 people were deported to Turkey, as far as we know mostly from Pakistan and Bangladesh. We are angry and sad about this and fear for the safety of our friends and comrades from this two countries here on the island.

We said it many times before but it seems that it cannot be said often enough: Turkey is not safe. It’s not safe for any asylum seeker. In Turkey there is on the one hand no proper support of asylum seekers or even access to a asylum system. All non-syrian asylum seekeres are detained in so called “repatriation-centers” without access to medical care, education or legal assistance. Most non-syrian will be deported back to their countries, where many face persecution. Syrians might be given some kind of protective status but then are still without access to basic support like medical care and often forced to work in exploitative conditions. On the other hand we also continue to hear stories from brutal violence against refugees and migrants in Turkey by the hand of the police.

As always we will still stay here, we will support our friends in the squats and camps and we will now and forever say

Stop deportations!

No one is illegal!

Difficult days and restructuring of No Border Social Center

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Dear friends and supporters of NBK-Lesvos,

We have some very intense, sad and busy days behind us that we want to share with you.

In the past weeks there have been repeated violent conflicts in the Social Center and the surrounding squats. After an escalation a few days ago we reluctantly and with sadness decided to close the Social Center for the time being.

We will not and cannot go on like this.

A few days ago we witnessed an attack on friends in the Social Center because of their nationality. Unfortunately it was not the first attack of this kind in the Social Center. We see this as directly in contradiction to what we are trying to create at NoBorder and we don’t know how we can continue working with the people who were the perpetrators of these aggressions. The bigger part of NBK left the building, but many of our friends still live in the Social Center and surrounding squats who had nothing to do with the attacks. Some of us still live in these squats and a few supporters have decided to remain in the Social Center.

On thing is clear for most of us: we have to restructure and reorganize.

Our Social Center is supposed to be a safe space. Its is meant to be a place without the violence that people face in Moria on a daily basis. To create such a place we have to work together on it, now more than ever. We want a social Center where we meet each other with respect.

In the moment we are discussing and working a lot and we do not know how exactly NoBorderKitchen and the NoBorderSocialCenter will evolve in the next weeks.

So much is clear though:

We stay!

We cook!

We support the people in the squats!

We continue our political work!

Still we are cooking several hundred portions a day for Tsamakia Beach and still we support the people in the squat with all the essential things.

Please understand if we need some time at the moment and cannot react to requests that fast.

We are still active and we still need your solidarity.

As always with a lot of Love and Rage,

your NBK-Crew

Rainy days, deportations coming and chapatti baking- Update on our situation on the island

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Despite the pouring rain of the last days we are still here, still working together to create somehow livable conditions.

Since November we have not only the social center but also support several squats. More and more people escape the conditions in Moria and choose to live in the squats. Unfortunately even living in a smoky old warehouse is better than living in Moria. At the moment around 200 people live in the squats. All of them we provide with food and/or the means to cook for themselves. People created communities where we live, eat and sometimes celebrate together.

Although people choose to live in the squats instead of the official camps it’s not an easy live on the island. We still struggle for daily survival. As the number of people living with us has been rising constantly since No Border Kitchen started the first Social Centre in July 2016 we also need more and more support. Furthermore we continue to offer warm food for everyone two times daily. At the moment we cook around 800 meals per day. The Social Centre also offers changing activities for people…the latest being the new Kindergarden.

The squats are not only a place with better food than the official camps but most importantly a place outside of the control of the state. They don’t have barbed wire fence, they don’t have military patrolling and nobody asks for peoples papers. They want to be a safer place for everyone- not only for those being considered eligible asylum seekers by the Greek and European authorities. That makes them unique and thats why we will continue to support and feed all the people that need it.

 

In the last days very worrying news reached us. One is that the Dublin deportations to Greece from other EU-countries will be reinstated from March 15th. In the last years there was no Dublin deportations to Greece because the situation here was considered too bad. The situation got no inch better and still the European Commission recommended that the deportations should start again in March. At the moment there are thousands of people stuck in Greece, on the islands as well as on the mainland, without having met their basic needs like proper shelter, food or access to medical care. Also the asylum procedures are a mess…waiting times are long and information for people about their rights as well as legal support are rare. Returning people back to Greece will make the situation worse for everyone…not only the people that will be forced to return and stay in Greece but also for the people already suffering from overcrowded camps and slow asylum procedures.

The other news is that Frontex will charter new ships to increase the numbers of deportations from the islands back to Turkey. With the EU-Turkey agreement the EU assumes that Turkey is a safe place for asylum seekers. Of course everyone that has been in Turkey or followed the news about the situation there knows that its no safe place at all.

The plan from this Europe dominated by the economically and politically powerful Northern countries seems clear…people will be forced back to mainland Greece from the North, from the mainland to the island and from the island to Turkey and to peoples country of origin.

We are worried about this development. We are worried about the safety of our friends in in all Europe endangered to be kicked out again of the place they hoped to find peace and safety.

Thirdly we got the information that the government plans to give the people money instead of providing them with food. In theory this is great…people can cook food they actually like instead of being forced to eat the crap they are served in the camps. What’s worrying about is that one the amount of money will most probably be insufficient. We fear that we will have to provide much more meals at the end of the month if this system will come into place. Also we are not sure how the camp managments will ensure safe and clean means of cooking for everyone, remembering still their complete failures to provide infrastructure for winter and the gas explosion in Moria camp a few weeks back.  But at the moment we will wait, see what happens and hoping for the best.

Despite all of this we have a lot of moment of happiness when we warm ourselves on a common fire, make chapatti together or dance together to music from the shitty speakers of a mobile phone. All the time we need support to make these moments happen.

If you consider coming to Lesvos don’t hesiate to write us a mail to noborderkitchen@riseup.net. There’s always work to be done, especially if you think about coming for a longer period of time. Also we still have financial difficulties…any amount of donations we can get is needed and appreciated here. If you can donate or organize money by a fundraising event you can send it to

Rote Hilfe OG Salzwedel
IBAN: DE93 4306 0967 4007 2383 12
BIC: GENODEM1GLS
Comment: NBK Lesvos

At this point we also want to thank everyone that supported us in the last weeks! We only are able to do the work we do because of your solidarity. So thank you for everyone that send us money, send us food or showed their solidarity otherwise with us!

As always with a lot of Love and Rage,

your Nbk crew

Kindergarden

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Since some days we are making the kindergarden in our Social Center. Its working pretty good.

Tomorrow we start giving the children milk and dry fruits and nuts to keep them healthy and give them the essential nutrients they need! 🙂

Police controlling people at Social Center

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Yesterday evening the Social Center got a very unpleasant visit. Around 11 pm three cars of police showed up at the squat. They went to all the rooms and took the people outside to the front of the building. Then the people were made to kneel down with their faces to the wall and their hands behind their heads. Some had no shoes or sweaters and were forced to kneel like this in the cold for around one hour. The cops checked the papers of everyone. When asked why they check the papers and why they treat the people like this they refused an answer. After some time two people were taken to the police station and the others could go to inside the building again. The two people that were taken were luckily released after their papers were checked inside of the station.

After the incident we learned that people escaped the prison in Moria the same night and the police were searching for them. While this is a reason for the control it is no excuse for entering peoples living spaces and treating them in this humiliating and disrespectful way. We are angry about the racism and violence of the cops here on Lesvos (and everywhere else).

What happened yesterday is not a single event. Instead it is one of many, many incidents of humiliation and violence of the Greek police towards refugees. Every week refugees in Lesbos are controlled, arrested and beaten. Most of them without any reason other than them being refugees here on Lesvos. Hopefully the people that escaped prison are hiding well…and find a way to leave the island soon.

Eviction of refugee camps in Turkey

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A comrade in Turkey asked us to cross post this text. Its originally from nabermedya…and here it is:

GENDARMERIE INTERVENTION TO REFUGEE CAMPS IN TORBALI

As of February, 8th refugees living in the tents in Torbalı and Bayındır districts are getting evacuated in accordance with the district governorate decisions with the intervention of the gendarmerie and the tent areas are being removed. Thousands of refugees who left their countries because of the civil war in Syria have been struggling to survive as seasonal agricultural workers and living in the tent camps constructed with their own efforts in the rurals of İzmir.

Since wednesday many tent areas have been removed by gendarmerie without any reason. Some tent areas were given time till monday to evacuate the area. Refugees whose residence is not İzmir were told to be expelled and the others wouldn’t be let to stay in tents and they were supposed to rent homes. However for the majority of the refugees who work for very low wages it doesn’t seem possible to earn enough money to move into a house.

In return of showing tent areas and giving jobs “dayıbaşı” (the master of the area) deduct the refugees’ journals, don’t pay regularly or even never pay at all. Since these agricultural workers need to live close to their working areas and don’t know the language they are obliged to the dayıbaşı system. Thus these people getting evacuated from the tents means removing their resources of income.

Refugees who left everything they have in Syria can’t earn income for a long while since the demand for the seasonal workers decreases in winter. They can survive in cold weathers thanks to tents, food, firing, diapers and hygiene products provided by the limited number of volunteers and CSO’s. The tent areas lacking toilets, showers and clean water and getting covered with mud after every rain are being ignored by the authorities.

These conditions affect the children at the utmost. The children get exposed to illnesses and developmental disabilities as a result of poor nutrition and health conditions. Hospitals deny to treat the refugees without the documents. Even the death of the baby Noaf of pneumonia after getting refused from the hospital couldn’t make enough impact on the government’s policy on the refugees that made it hard for refugees to get registered. There are lots of children suffering from pneumonia in the camps. The threat of forced displacement by the gendarmerie just deepen the children’s trauma caused by the civil war and poor living conditions.

In the last May before the harvest, tent areas providing a space to live nearly two thousand people were removed by the district governorate. Now it is thought-provoking that the same incident happens before seed-time when the demand for seasonal workers increase. Yet it had been speculated for three years now that the district governorate and municipality had plans to move the tent areas to one center to improve the living conditions of agricultural worker refugees.

Rückführungen nach Griechenland ab März 2017

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“Es ist daher ein positives Signal der EU-Kommission, dass sie die Lage in Griechenland inzwischen so einschätzt, dass Überstellungen, wenn auch in begrenzten Umfang, ab März 2017 wieder durchgeführt werden können.”

Herr de Maiziére wir wäre es, wenn sie sich mal selber ein Bild von den katastrophalen Zuständen in Moria Camp, Athen oder Thessaloniki machen?
Hier leben tausende Menschen bei Temperaturen um den Gefrierpunkt in Zelten oder auf der Straße! Continue reading

Heavy Rain and snow fall in Moria Camp

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The last days we had heavy rain and storms on Lesvos Island.

On top last morning the teperaturs droppes down below 0°C with snow.

Nearly 5000 people living in Moria Refugee Camp, most of them in tents.

See more pictures on: https://www.facebook.com/jojo.schu.39?fref=ts

Bangladesh Demonstration

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On the15th of December 90 people from Bangladesh got their results of the Asylumcase. 89 are rejected and are open for deportation after a long and dangerous journey.

They don´t want to accept this decission and made a demonstration for 2 days.
The police tried to end this demonstration in a violent way. Some people got hurt.

We supported this demonstration with food.
This is a quote from their demnads.
“We are refugees who are helpless, landless and moneyless; as a result, have lost everything. We approached here just for shelter. Most people have lost their parents attempting to make the journey. We are seeking the aid from a higher step of humanity in order to seek refuge; we risked our lives across the harsh rivers and fierce oceans. Why come here? Back home, we were faced with problems where heartedly grateful to now be in a democratic country which cherishes human rights. Our futures are much brighter and safer here. Our request, please let us move from Lesvos island by giving permission to go mainland.”

Chapati Day

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Last week we had a chapati Day in front of Moria camp. We could give food to 3000 people. We had sun music and a very good atmosphare.

Thanks to social kitchen Mytelini who cooked with us on the field, to Tresa who made the movie and to William who played the amazing music.

!!! Callout for support !!! – We need your help

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Dear friends of NBK Lesvos,
you all know about the situation here very well, but we would like to give you an update.
Daily, NBK is cooking 600 portions, which we distribute on different places to people, who don´t live in the camps.
Furthermore, we support around 150 people, who organize themselves in small groups with groceries.
The Social Center is a place to go for lot´s of people beyond the governmental structures
and we hope, we can stay there at least during winter.
We already achieved a lot in a short amount of time, but of course it´s still under construction.
At this point the financial situation is already desperate and for 2016 we don´t have any money.
Our monthly expenses:
around 6000€ for food
              500€ for construction material
            1000€ others (fuel, gasoline,…)
So, rob your piggy bank.
Tell your friends about NBK.
Organize solidarity parties and events, where you share your experiences at NBK and call for solidarity.
Please tell us, if you need stuff, or ideas.
We are here and will stay and urgently need your support.
United we stand, divided we fall!
Solidary greetings from „the island“,
Best regards
No Border Kitchen Lesvos
Suport-Info:

Soli-Aktionen

Benefit actions

NBK-piggy bank

Stellt Spendenboxen in solidarischen Kneipen auf

Place donation boxes in solidary pubs

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Organisiert Konzerte.

Organize concerts.

Input for output

Macht Lesungen, oder Vorträge. Teilt Eure NBK-Erfahrungen mit Freunden.

Organize readings, or lectures. Share your NBK-experiances with friends.

Vollrausch für volle Bäuche. Yamas!

Fragt, ob Ihr bei Konzerten/Parties eine Soli-Tresen machen könnt,

wo Ihr Getränke zugunsten von NBK verkauft.

Ask, if you can make a benefit bar at concerts/parties,

where you sell drinks to benefit NBK.

Shopping for a better future. Merch!

Verkauft Shirts, Buttons, Taschen,… mit NBK-Logo.

Sell shirts, button, bags with NBK-Logo.

Freedom´s just an other word for nothing left to lose- So: Sell your shit for benefit!

Miste Deinen Schrank, Keller, Dachboden aus und verkauf den Kram auf dem Trödel.

Check your wardrobe, cellar, storage room and sell your stuff at the fleemarket.

Bread and circuses for NBK.

Sammle schöne Preise und Gutscheine von befreundeten Läden und organisiere Spiele für NBK.

NoBorderBingo, Tombola, Versteigerung, Poker, Kegeln, Hamsterkämpfe…

Collect wins and vouchers from friendly shops and organize games for NBK.

NoBorderBingo, tombola, auction, poker, bowling, hamster fights…

NoodlesBaglesKuchen- Food for food

Verkauft Waffeln, Crepes, was auch immer…

Sell waffles, crepes, what ever…

Hot drinks for cold Lesvos

Glühweinstand- geht immer gut. Z.B. an der Uni.

Hot wine punsch- always sells well, for example at the university.

Amazing meals against fuckin´deals!

Fragt in befreundeten Restaurants, ob sie ein Soli-Gericht auf die Karte setzten würden und den Gewinn an NBK spenden.

Ask friendly restaurants, if they could offer a benefit dish and donate the profit to NBK.

Spread the word!

Informiert über die Arbeit von NBK und sammelt Spenden.

Provide information about NBK and collect donations.

Make capitalism history- Schnorren im großen Stil

Fragt befreundete/solidarische Unternehmen nach Spenden.

Ask friendly/solidary companies for donations.

The show must go on.

Fragt Kinos und Theater, ob sie Soli-Vorstellungen geben würden.

Ask cinemas and theatres, if they would make benefit shows.

Chapati Holiday

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Yesterday on 24.12.16 we made a big Chapati Holiday Dinner. Several tousand portions we cooked. We had a beautiful day with good food. We was dancing to music and we had a lot of fun with all visitors.

Thank you for all the Social Kitchen from Mytilini, wo also cooked with us and for Kali:Mera who gave us the plates for the food. And also a huge thank you to all people, who helped cooking and baking Chapati!
And for our warehouse for the water and the vegetable market for the free vegetables!
And a big thank you to Attika( Save Assist Outreach) for the food and everything- that you help all the time 😉

Here we have first impressions from the Dinner (more will follow soon!)

     

dear police- we are not that bad as you think about us

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We were talking to one policeman at the controlling of our Social Center. We was talking about that he is from here, about olive oil and at the end about the refugees and our Social Center… We asked him, if we are a part of the problem?
He said, that we are not, But they don’t like us, because we tell the refugees, that they have to fight and we support them with burning down the camps..

So to all policemen who follow our sites…
I think you misunderstood something.

We are not here to burn any camp! that Mytilini have to built it up again and spend a lot of money they can use in another way. We are not here to tell refugees to fight or deal with drugs!

Simply we organize demonstrations, that the refugees become a voice. But as you saw in the last demonstration – it was relative quiet and without fights in the demonstration.
We are here to bring the people together, help them in their special needs. We give water and hot Coffee and Tea in cold days. In the summer we give cold Water to refresh them on their long way to the city.
We are cooking for more than 600 person each day that they are not hungry. We also give food to the living squats what built up time after time. But we don’t provide the living places for the people. If someone ask us if he can sleep in our Social Center we just tell them,which place is empty and we give them stuff to live inside Because now its better for them to have a roof over their heads that they don’t have to sleep on the streets.

We also give everyone who needs clothes, hygienic stuff, blankets, sleeping bags, or sometimes they just need a hug and a person who console them. We make contacts for free medical support and we try to organize support with lawyers, when something happened or if people need support in anything.

What we do else? We talk with the people and show them, that there are some people, who don’t care where they are come from. We are equal- we are all humans … this is what we tell them.

We make music with them – dance – that they forget the daily life for some minutes. In this time we all sit together at the evening around our fireplace to keep us warm, drink tea- sometimes beer, have nice conversations and harmony. We don’t have many problems with fights. You know why?
Because we are all the same. No one get threatened like an animal.. We take our time for them- with them.
They can do anything they want in our Center, they can paint the walls, cook, help with distribution of clothes or food, make sport, organize something great. We give them a chance to be something special, something important. Even if they have a difficult situation now.

12.12.16 – policeviolence at the port

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Yesterday news:

One of the NBK- Crew want to go to the ferry. Just to say goodbye to a friend.

At the gate one policemen without uniform asked her for her passport. She gives him her ID-Card. But he told her to leave this place.

She asked why. She just want to go to the ferry. But he say again, She have to leave.

She said:” I’m from Germany, so let me going to the ferry, or give me a reason, why i can not go inside the port”

After this he pushed her beside and punched her. She screamed for help. But there was two more civil policemen coming and they punched her too. Then she was laying on the ground and they still kicked her. She try to defend herself. In the affect she say “Fuck you” to them. They answered “Fuck you Germany!” While this she lost one of her shoe. Then one of the police guys grabbed her hair and pulled her up. The other one took her shoe and hit her with this. Then they pushed her at the wall and shout to open her legs wide. They put handcuffs on her and told her to come. She tried to stay there and told them, She don’t go without purse and bag (She lost it while they threat her like this). One of the guys take it. This police men, who bring her to the car had one hand on her handcuffs and with the other hand he pushed her head violently down. Then he throw her in the police car and locked the door. After one minute the other guy come back and say “Come out of the car. “ She asked him for his ID-Card. He punched her again. Then he freed her from the handcuffs and say, she have to leave the port.

After sharing this story, some off us wanted to show solidarity and presents. the ferry left and also the police. there was only one military boat with people on and outside the boat. after simply asking who was in charge for the security check they told us to leave this military zone. what we did.
we were on the way OUT when a black unmarked car stopped and four cops went out of the car. one of them loaded an automatic gun while getting out.
they told us to stand against a wall. because they were in a unmarked car we asked them to show us an id card from the police. we were asking for an international right while they had a gun and sticks in their hands.
of course they resisted to show us any id card and started to push us around.
they tried to arrest one of our friend in a violent way, he took his chance and run away. followed by two cops and a friend. they put him on the ground and kicked him. his friend was put down by a guy who just stopped his car without wearing any uniform and saying who he is.
the police left with our friend. we couldn’t get any aces to the police station or we could not talk to him.

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Within 24 hours our friend had his trail this morning. Without having a chance of collecting evidences.
We got the information one hour before the trail, we tried to get the people together who witness the action last night.
Four of us made it to the court, but only one of us could speak as a witness. The judge didn’t want have a long trial.
One cop, one witness and the accused himself could speak.

We have no idea what the cop was saying, for the accused and the witness it was very difficult to give a statement. The translator cant speak good English and the judge interrupted the witness all the time. It was not possible to tell the full story.
After a trial of half an hour the sentence was 15 month (!!!!) on probation. (Insulting and pushing the police and resisting the arrest.)

In the end it was word against word…even tough 8-10 people could tell the truth. This is a fucking joke!

The police attacked two friends

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okay the situation calmed down, but our friend is still in prison and we don’t know when we can see him again.

Earlier this evening one of our friends wanted aces to the ferry to say goodbye to a friend. it’s nothing special because only when u go upstairs the ferry they will check the tickets. after she was asked by a group of 3 persons claiming to be the police (without any uniform) she showed her european id card. they literally told her to piss off. after refusing this order she got thrown inside a corner and this three guys started to kick her.
after sharing this story, some off us wanted to show solidarity and presents. the ferry left and so the police. there was only one military boat with people on and outside the boat. after simply asking who was in charge for the security check they told us to leave this military zone. what we did.
we were on the way OUT when a black unmarked car stopped and four cops went out of the car. one of them loaded an automatic gun while getting out.
they told us to stand against a wall. because they were in a unmarked car we asked them to show us an id card from the police. we were asking for an international right while they had a gun and sticks in their hands.
of course they resisted to show us any id card and started to push us around.
they tried to arrest one of our friend in a violent way, he took his chance and run away. followed by two cops and a friend. they put him on the ground and kicked him. his friend was put down by a guy who just stopped his car without wearing any uniform and saying who he is.
the police left with our friend. we couldn’t get any aces to the police station nor we could talk to him.
so far we know he will get charged for any reason tomorrow morning.

  • we hope he will be alright!

Impressions of the Social Center 2.0

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We are still cooking for more than 600 dishes. We are still here and support the people and we also take care for the people who sleep in the streets.

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Next to the kitchen we are still in the building and build step by step the new Social Center. We start to provide activities, like womens meetings, clothesdistribution, lawadvice for refugees and medical support.
Next project is the childrensarea with kindergarden. Keep updated! 😉

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Chapati Holiday – Chapati for everyone

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There are some people who don’t understand the sarcasm in our Christmasposts, so we want to make it clear that we don’t want to celebrate on Christmas because of religious reasons.
On the 24th of December most people will sit with their families at their home and have a great meal, give presents, and be happy. But why should we exclude people who want to become a part of our society?

We are just making this event to sit together, have good and enough food, be tolerant of each other and have fun.

This is why we changed our post to the following :

Dear Friends,

Winter is coming! Soon it will be the holiday season.

We, the No Border Kitchen are still very much active on Lesvos, still trying to provide, as best we can, some of that which is most important to us: human dignity.

During the holidays, families and communities all over the world, all races, religions, nationalities, will be celebrating. Though differently interpreted and differently expressed, we celebrate the shared human experience of love.

We would like to invite you all to celebrate together with us on Lesvos, as one Lesvos family, on the 24th of December, right next to the campsite of our friends, on the former site of “better days for Moria”. For one day we want to bring back human dignity to each and everyone in this camp, absolutely no one excluded. We all have been on this island for more or less time, having our very own experiences, and each of us has a unique story to tell, whether we are one of those here from all around the world reaching out for a better life. One of the thousands of volunteers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, one of those working for the government as policeman or fireman, or for NGOs or completely independently, each as an inhabitant of this island, trying to contribute something to help each other in this situation.

To this day No Border Kitchen is still providing hundreds of meals daily. We are trying to accommodate each who reaches out to us, in the best way we can according to our ability on the given day. The holidays are coming, and for one day we want to be able to provide a celebratory experience, call it “Chipati-day,” for everyone stuck in this situation. But to prepare food for 6000-7000 people we will need your help.
We want to make Chipati-day great again; everyone is allowed to make everything great again, apparently, so we want to make the 24th great again for those stuck here.
We would love to have your support on that. This day shall not be about politics, religion, ideologies. It shall simply be about sharing and caring, like holidays are intended to be.

We would really love your support on that. Please feel free to donate money food, energy, infrastructure, input. We would love to have you here in person on that day. Honestly. That would be the greatest gift.

If you know anyone that might want to support our efforts. Please feel free to forward or share this.

If you want to support us financially, please use the following bank details:

Rote Hilfe OG Salzwedel
IBAN: DE93 4306 0967 4007 2383 12
BIC: GENODEM1GLS
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Happy Holidays, Happy Chipati-Day,
Love & peace,

Nbk

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Chapati Holiday – Chapati for everyone

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Dear Friends,

Winter is coming! Soon it will be the holiday season.

We, the No Border Kitchen are still very much active on Lesvos, still trying to provide, as best we can, some of that which is most important to us: human dignity.

During the holidays, families and communities all over the world, all races, religions, nationalities, will be celebrating. Though differently interpreted and differently expressed, we celebrate the shared human experience of love.

We would like to invite you all to celebrate together with us on Lesvos, as one Lesvos family, on the 24th of December, right next to the beloved campsite of our friends, on the former site of “better days for Moria”. For one day we want to bring back human dignity to each and everyone in this camp, absolutely no one excluded. We all have been on this island for more or less time, having our very own experiences, and each of us has a unique story to tell, whether we are one of those here from all around the world reaching out for a better life, one of the thousands of volunteers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, one of those working for the government as policeman or fireman, or for NGOs or completely independently, each as an inhabitant of this island, trying to contribute something to help each other in this situation.

To this day No Border Kitchen is still providing hundreds of meals daily. We are trying to accommodate each who reaches out to us, in the best way we can according to our ability on the given day. The holidays are coming, and for one day we want to be able to provide a celebratory experience, call it “Chipati-day,” for everyone stuck in this situation. But to prepare food for 6000-7000 people we will need your help.
We want to make Chipati-day great again; everyone is allowed to make everything great again, apparently, so we want to make the 24th great again for those stuck here.
We would love to have your support on that. This day shall not be about politics, religion, ideologies. It shall simply be about sharing and caring, like holidays are intended to be.

We would really love your support on that. Please feel free to donate money food, energy, infrastructure, input. We would love to have you here in person on that day. Honestly. That would be the greatest gift.

If you know anyone that might want to support our efforts. Please feel free to forward or share this.

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Happy Holidays, Happy Chipati-Day,
Love & peace,

Nbk

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Lesvos. Unfinished business.

An island forgotten by almost everyone. At night we sit at the beach looking across the ocean, toward Turkey. Again and again the same news: 33 confirmed dead this morning. 12 of them children. There are only 12 kilometers separating Greece from Turkey at this point, only 6 km at another point.

Four different types of boats are patrolling the sea border. Greek,Turkish coastguard, Frontex and Nato. To “protect” the borders as they say.

But still, people are drowning on a seemingly daily basis.

The Turkish coastline seems so close as we sit on the beach at night, watching the shimmering lights from the other side.

For us Europeans it is only a short distance, 6€ by ferry, less than an hour ride.

For those who weren’t lucky enough to be born in the “right” time and place, without European papers, the ride is 1500€, a lot of adrenaline, panic, chaos, and the constant uncertainty of reaching the other shore, the possibility of the waves of the passing ferry capsizing the boat.

One day I sit under a figtree with a friend. Amid tears he tells me, with a shivering voice, how every night the same woman visits him in his dreams. The same woman whose children he promised to take care of at the crossing.

Shortly after they set out to sea it happened. The last thing he remembers are the despairing cries of the mother, ringing out piercingly.

The small, thin arm of the four year old girl, the brother already lost to the black of the sea, which so easily entangles his small, fragile body and pulls it under.

How many more lay on the bottom of the ocean?

“Finally, we’ve made it,” is what they think when they arive. Happy to still be alive.

Then you talk to the ones who are stuck on the island for eight months and more. They are living in Moria, the infamous, overcrowded registration camp, one small tent lined up next to the other. The daily routine consists of standing in line for hours, awaiting a tiny portion of overcooked noodles, even though most of the people don’t even eat noodles.

There are fights every single day. People without any perspective, not sure what will happen during the coming months and years.

They are stuck on a forgotten island. Trauma, unbelievable misery, lost family members, histories of war, abuse, crying mothers- everyone is burdened. Each and everyone struggling with his or her own story, herded into one confined space.

 

One night we sit on the beach, again around the campfire eating roast poatatoes. A call from a friend in Moria, though it’s already 2 o’clock in the morning: “…fights… Moria… fire” then the line is dead. We only hear fragments, but enough to know what is going down.

We jump into our van heading straight to Moria. From the back through the woods we are trying to reach the camp. To be seen by the police or Frontex is not an option. Four of us are sneaking through the olive trees, passing by groups of Afghanis who lurk with large metal sticks, and little further up the way another group, this time Pakistanis, same picture.

Suspicious of us, they ask what we are up to and where we are going. Accompanied by a friend we enter Moria through one of the fences. Thick smoke fills the air, is surrounding us.

Some of the tents are still burning, and everywhere is the smell of burning plastic. The atmosphere is tense, somewhere between belligerent, threatening, frightened, aggresive, and desperate. People with broken legs, faces streaming with blood, apathetic looks, heated discussions, a crying child whose eyes the father tries to keep shut, to spare him the spectacle.

 

We are carrying people out of the camp, back through the hole that we entered through. A friend has already brought the car and is waiting for us, however the majority of the people are too terrified of encountering armed hostile groups.

We can convice some of the wounded to follow us. We transport them to the big medical tent. One big family we give a ride to and organize a place for in the family camp.

The next day the streets in front of Moria are crowded with people afraid to go back into the camp to sleep, and instead they sleep outside.

 

 

“We” are the No Border Kitchen Lesvos. No Border Kitchen is a concept- an idea, really- where people, no matter their origin, sex, religion, or race, start organizing at different hot spots all over Europe to build supporting infrastructures.

 

Our creed: No homophobia, no sexism, no racism. Our goals: No borders, no nations.

Every group is completely self-organized, everyone has the same say. Decisions are made in meetings lasting for hours, mostly by consensus.

The projects are financed solely by private donors which is the reason why, in addition to the daily struggle, we have to fight to get around financially.

 

When I arrived on the island, the No Border Kitchen had just recently been evicted; the group was devastated, many had left.

There was no place to go for us. The first nights we slept in the van, all seven of us. Then we found an old military facility- a huge court, a beautiful old building, one great hall, a lot of small rooms- everything seemed to be perfect. Ideal for a social center, a place for people to meet up, a place for everyone, our greek neighbors, our friends, refugees and migrants as well as activists and tourists.

 

We are moving in, starting the daily task of removing debris from the rooms. Wet with sweat and black from the dirt, we gather nightly to discuss our next steps.

 

As the question is raised as to whether or not we should start another camp, the group is divided, and for a few days there are only three of us left fiercly determined to continue.

 

Lesvos is a magical island where life is shaped by constant ups and downs.

Sometimes we go through both within a few hours, and only occasionally a day passes by where nothing completely crazy or outstanding happens. Situations and decisions can change in no time.

Here politics is everyday life, and everyday life is politics. That’s what makes life so interesting here but also so god damned difficult.

Torn between principles, the discrepancy between political work and humanitarian aid.

One of the highlights was when, only a few days after the break up of the group, the possibility revealed itself to rebuild our kitchen at a new place. A state of euphoria took over us, and within only a few hard days of work the kitchen was up and running again.

 

Then we finally started cooking again. We are delivering 600 meals to people living in the woods and on the road to Moria.

At 45 °C in the kitchen we are standing in front of our huge burners working. Sometimes listening to loud music, while the choice of music always ends up in arguments. Our friends from Pakistan join us every day; their kitchen skills outshine all attempts of the European activists.

Even during Rhamadhan, although they are not allowed to drink and eat. For three days I try myself to fast with the exception of drinking, and fight myself through the day.

In return, that moment in the evening when it’s time to break the fast, when we are all sitting in the dim room, the bowls of food in front of us, is so much more precious.

We eat in silence. Food is a valuable commodity, talking, meanwhile, is impolite.

I sometimes arrive at the squad just at that time, back late from long nights working on e-mails and homepages, when at four o’clock in the morning it’s time for breakfast chapatis.
The brotherliness between the people here is a completely new experience. “Sorry” and “Thank You” are absolutely taboo. The people share and give what they have. From them we can learn a lot. Maybe they are not export world champions, but they have a stronger community. The values they hold up high are solidarity and fraternity.
Our first food delivery brings along an unbelievably elevated mood. Barely two weeks after the burners started burning again, we happen to be three hours late after particulary lavish cooking.

As we turn around the corner into the street leading to Moria, we can already see them. One line, despite the steady rain, more than a hundred meters long. As we come around the corner, they start cheering, some of them running alongside the car.

They are organizing themselves in one straight line. No feared food-fights break out that we had expected.

 

 

Nonetheless we decide to stop delivering food to Moria shortly after. It was not an easy decision to make. But we didn’t want to keep on supporting this system. A conflict between humanitarian aid and political principles, again. These two components were always the hardened fronts, always a dispute; the thin red line we had to walk along every day.
Our highest maxim – everyone is equal; there is no difference between us and them- became our greatest dilemma. Who is allowed to stay overnight at the occupied building? (We didn’t want to build a camp at that time.) Is anyone allowed to stay overnight? What happens if the police come? What will we do with the people that are already in a vulnerable state?

When we get information from doubtful sources that a military eviction is about to happen, again, the main question is who is allowed to stay and who, for their own safety should leave for the night. We always fear for our friends, knowing that refugees and migrants are treated much worse than we Europeans, the naked truth.

But because of those facts we treat them differently, which gets us back to the dilemma mentioned before, that everyone should be treated equally.
Decision were made and overthrown or simply forgotten. Sometimes you could observe a strange group dynamic, which carried everyone along, be shaken up in the very next moment. The opinions of individuals and the group sometimes change instantaneously, completely turning around, causing everything to change so fast on Lesvos that nothing is ever as expected.

I myself changed my mind a lot, and to this day I am still sometimes ashamed about that.
In some moments, one could feel the motivation like positivity-laden air, which we each inhaled, only to have it blown away by a gust of wind just minutes later. With a single stroke, the crackles in the air were gone and everyone just collapsed. Then everyone had to pull themselves together and continue onward.

We tried to get local support. Made a signature collection with hundreds of signatures that we delivered to Alpha bank, everyone supported us. But still the “negative” has such greater backbone, or maybe greater is simply the silent crowd, which out of fear of consequences bows to the powerful and mighty. To persuade someone to fear and into defensive behaviour is so much easier than to preach hope and humanity. that seems to be more human than humanity.
Our group grew from ten to thirty, frequently new people joined, most of them staying for two to three weeks, people from everywhere, punks, teachers, young students, pensioners, unemployed, a highly diverse group. Very interesting people.

After we stopped delivering food to Moria we started working again on building a social center.

For weeks we cleaned, built, shovelled building rubble. We collected clothing donations.

Like an anthill, it was super busy all the time.

It got more and more buzzing and full of energy. At the same time we tried to buy the property legally from the Alpha bank. Endless writings, meetings, talks with lawyers. Again and again the police visited us. Meanwhile it got really hard to slip out through the main gate to the road.

A lot we did here was partially legal. But every time every endeavour we tried, we tried full of vigor and motivation and came from good intention. In every sense in solidarity with all those who have the wish for a more socially just, more honest, and more equal society, willing to share something of themselves.

 

Four days. After all the preparations we were able to stay open for four days before we got evicted in a destructive wave that took down many, many social projects all over Greece.

 

Four days wher

e hundreds of people came to stay the day out of the heat, to play games, to relax, to charge phones, to eat and to drink. In the women’s area there was laughter and gossip, the first time in months the mothers were able to have a moment for themselves.

 

And the kids. I will never forget the sparkle in the eyes of the children. Children who are living behind barbed wire in Moria, fleeing from torn apart warzones. And now they are sitting, chatting, painting, crafting, climbing over slides and swings in the children’s play area, stumbling laughing through the great hall.

Proudly they present their new shoes from our free clothing store. On many of their drawings you can see depicted are the coloful garlands, made from spray cans and now hanging from the ceiling.

 

A social center- one could say- that’s not important for survival. But what it really meant the few days it was open you could only understand if you had been there. It was a shelter for everyone, especially those gentle souls, that during their few years of life on earth, went through so much more than most of us will ever experience.

 

Life on Lesvos is reduced to the essential. A very good experience. No running water, no electricity, all the things we consider normal back at home. Beds, showers, there was more important stuff to deal with.

 

We were sleeping on blankets in the building, later under the open sky at the beaches. When we finally found water again we had a small party, one of those major turning points. And yet life was much more valuable, so much richer, so much more worth living.

 

For a long time I considered staying for another year and until today I regret it daily that I left the island.

 

We are so much fixated on material stuff and are willing to give up so much from our personalities. Security over freedom, wealth over humanity.

 

Three days later we had a very long and exhausting meeting with our lawyer and the manager from Alpha bank. Discussions for hours, even though it was clear they wanted us out of there in any way. On Tuesday morning there were 20 policemen in the center. We were surrounded. Phone calls with our lawyer, again it took hours. A Greek couple, good friends of ours, came to support us. We were able to stay until nightfall and luckily this time nobody got arrested. In the night we again opened up the gate. One more day of social center guaranteed.

Then they come again and seal the gate. With banners we sit on the roof, a silent protest. Ready for anything, teargas, brutal force, but nothing really happens. It was so heartbreaking to give up on all that, what made so many people happy.

 

In the following weeks we moved to the beach right in front of the once occupied building, which we still enter and where still there are people living from Moria, where we still prepare coffee and tea for the campground on the beach where we open up our hair salon, accessible now through a hole in the wall.

 

The protest camp on the beach turns into a vivid social center. The focus changes. Suddenly the everyday life doesn’t consist of cleaning, building and cooking, now we are sitting for hours together with people of any origin. We practice English or just talk. A room develops where people feel comfortable and start to gain trust again, a place where they can simply share their story.

It so important to simply talk to someone and share your stories, all the pain, the shame, the grief the mourning, and not to swallow all those feelings that eat you up from the inside.

 

A young man that I only knew for a few days one day comes up to me and asks if he can use our laptop for a second. For a few days we have one of our own, a donation from Hamburg. I bring him the computer and I am about to run for the thousand things I still have to do that day, when he asks me with very shy eyes if I have a minute to sit down with him.

 

From a USB stick he opens up a folder. Videos of a stunningly beautiful woman, candles burning and heart-shaped balloons. Then the Afghani sitting next to me appears on screen, he kisses her very gently on the cheek. After that a lot of images follow.

I can hear him sobbing next to me as he clicks through the folders. Like this we sit for a while .

Tears are rolling down his face; she is still in Afghanistan. Because of religious matters the two of them are not allowed to marry. Love is his reason to come to Europe. Love the reason; the small hope of marrying the girl of his dreams in Europe, big enough to go through all the struggle.

 

Another friend tells me how he got tortured for for six years in an Iranian prison. Again and again to the point of unconsciousness. Deep scars disfigure him from head to toe. Everyone simply wants to be free. As free as we all are, without ever having had to fight for it. Isn’t that their right too?

 

But here are also those many other moments, many nights where we sit on the beach making music. Almost every night. Befriended musicians offer to make little concerts. There are drinks and snacks, mats and blankets. Until very late that night we are sitting around the musicians, dancing, singing, clapping. There is laughter, we are drinking, amazing atmosphere, everything around us seems forgotten. This time it’s us, all of us who experienced that night iving in a bubble, and we let go for a while.

It’s a wild party. With the Roma kids we dance around the fire that we started at the beach. It is like a dream. Late into the night laughter spreads through the night.

Many nights we spend playing guitar, singing at the water.

Another night we dance until sunrise at a college party in the pouring rain, swinging across the dancefloor, the atmosphere is let go and free.

 

Sometimes even here life is pretty normal.

But the social center does not remain the same. Under the hot summer sun, exposed to storms and rain we camp out on the beach, sleep outside and every night somebody is up to keep watch.

Not to get too tired to withstand all the pressure might have been the hardest part.

But from this beach we were again evicted. It was a cat and mouse game with the authorities. When we had the chance to talk to the policemen you could see that some of them also had kind of a hard time throwing us out of that building. A building that has been empty for years, a ruin that for a tiny magical moment started living again.

 

We find a new beach, fighting through the everyday struggle of life. Some weeks ago I left the island. Actually you never leave this island, never. Because there is never an end to work that needs to be done. And there on the beach they are still there and continue doing what they are doing best. Giving all they got. Some people leave, others come.

 

That’s the life on Lesvos.

Magical, exhausting, always changing, inspiring, depressing, incredible, thrilling.

 

Goodbyes were part of the every day life. Every Sunday friends tried to get into containers. Sometimes they were sitting for more than 16 hours between car tires and metal sticks in containers and trucks trying not to make any noise, in the heat, without water, without being able to move a single centimeter.

Then they sometimes came back at four in the morning to the occupied building. Obviously, having been beaten up by police, they’d been found, again.

 

There was a time when a wave of panic reached out from Idomeni to the people on Lesvos. When Idomeni got evicted many people got put into detention centers. Without any contact to the rest of the world they are living here, neither family nor friends or volunteers are allowed to visit.

 

30 people in one room, police surveillance 24/7, cameras and smartphones taken by the police. One night more than 60 people from Mytilini disappear overnight, many good friends amongst them. Later we heard that they are in detention centers. Some of them have been stuck in those centers for more than a year now.

 

There is a lot going down behind closed doors, behind all that the signature of european asylum policies.

 

It’s not the vicious Greek, the great majority of the Greek are wonderful people, a lot of them struggling from the declining tourism caused by the refugee crisis and the economic crisis, but still I experience great hospitality and warmth.

If you walk through the streets of Lesvos at night you can feel the pulse of life, chic tourists passing by, loud music, beer and wine. Life takes place on the streets.

 

The time one Lesvos was definitely an important life lesson. You learn a lot, a lot about other people, other ways of living, thoughts, and perspectives. When you reach out of your comfort zone to open yourself to new perspectives. When you open yourself to that you suddenly realize what a small part you play relative to the complexity of life.

But first and foremost you learn to push the boundaries and you learn a lot about yourself.

 

At some point a terrifying apathy came over me considering the whole situation but also regarding myself.

Sleeping on the beaches or inside, stolen phones, generators, evictions, discussions with lawyers, locals or the mangers from Alpha bank- at some point I was emotionally drained, nothing moved inside of me anymore.

Maybe this is exactly the trick the powerful use to take away the power from every opposing movement. Simply letting time do the work.

 

What is left after all this time are friendships. Deep friendships, that partially worked without even being able to communicate in a common language, but originating from a common soul.

These friendships will be all that is left.

Maybe this is the way to get things done, like it’s described in Buddhism. The lesson about the “ i “ like a stone that hits the water’s surface, first causing small waves, growing bigger and bigger.

These friendships which build this unbreakable band, no matter where we start building walls or fences. No matter how we militarize our borders and try to protect them, these friendships are going to be stronger.

That is what gives hope and power to continue, and one day this will be the power that will be able to break down the barriers. One day maybe these friendships will build such a strong network that a social movement becomes unstoppable.

You want to join us in the Christmastime? Feel free to contact us by phone or social media. All people are welcome!

If you cannot come yourself, you can support us in many other ways!
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Demonstration for Refugee- Rights 26.11.2016

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Today there come more than 300 people together to make a demonstration for Freedom and Rights for Refugees in Mytilene. After the fire in Moria where 4 humans died the people are angry and want to leave this island. They don’t want to live like animals in overgrowded camps.
The demonstration was organised by NBK and Refugees to get the attention of the people. We will fight until the last refugee leave this island.
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Callout for Donations and current situation on Lesvos !

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The winter is coming and the situation becomes more and more threatening for refugees. No border kitchen is supporting refugees on the island of Lesvos, Greece. Unfortunately our supplies are very limited and we need your support now!

The situation on Lesvos:

Since months thousands of people are on an escape. They escape from war, terror, repression, totalitarian regime and exploitation over decades. They whish for a more comfortable life in Europe.

Instead of helping the people in need, Europe decided to close down the borders and ignore the complicity of the situation. Humans who put themselves in a high risk and came full of hope for a life in peace in Europe are facing a similar scenario here in Lesvos. The authorities prevent them from liberty of action and put them in camps with degrading conditions. They are forced to submit to the organisation of this so called “Refugee crises”. Furthermore refugees are partly helplessly exposed to the agitation and attacks of Greek racists.

We from “no border kitchen” cannot accept this. Every human being should have freedom of movement and should be able to decide on their own how they want to organize themselves, irrespective of their origin.

According to official numbers (UNHCR) around 16000 refugees are placed on the Greek islands. The actual number is not known.

At the moment 6000 refugees are held around Mytilene. The two main refugee camps Kara Tepe and Moria together have a capacity of 3500 people and are therefore hopelessly overcrowded.

Kara Tepe is a camp mainly for families; around 1000 humans are registered here. That makes Moria a hotspot with 5000 humans, how many humans are actually “living” there is not known.

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Moria became a notorious camp, even big NGOs left the camp because they don’t want to support the conditions in there. There are twice as many people living as the camp has capacities. People are divided by nation and treated differently. This promotes racism. Conflicts between these groups are part of daily life.

The sanitary conditions are terrible.

For food the waiting times are often one to two hours (for a very small meal) and the supply of clothes is insufficient.

Especially now, in the winter time, people are freezing in their containers or tents.

In this chaos humans are exposed to a lot of stress. There is no room for privacy.

Some people are in the camp for nine months already as their application for Asylum is processed very slowly or not at all. Some people don’t have the chance to apply for Asylum at all.

Many people cannot endure these conditions and choose to sleep in empty buildings or on the street. These people have to hide from police because they are obliged to sleep in the camps.

Work of “No Border Kitchen”

No Border Kitchen supports the idea of equality.

Everyone should be able to choose how to organise themselves where to move, where to sleep.

For this we created a social center together with the refugees where people can meet and talk. We cook 600 meals on a daily basis (400 for the social centre and 200 for people who live on the street).

Everyone is welcome in the social centre. Some come from the camps to eat, many others left the camps and try to live on their own with only 80€ per month or without money at all. Impartial of that we try to support groups of people who left the camps (around 80 people) with boxes of food two to three times per week

We try to gather donations everyday (clothes, blankets, medicine).

Winter is coming and many people don’t have warm clothes and blankets.

As we are not an official NGO this is a challenge everyday.

In addition Greek public authorities try to interfere with our work as equality makes controlling the refugees harder.

At the moment we are the only group that supports self-organized refugees in this manner.

We are financed mainly by donations from Germany (around 6000€/month),

but as more and more people are coming and we have to prepare for winter the money is not sufficient. If you want we can send a financial summary of the last 3 months.

What can you do?

We are looking for more support. We need financial support, contributions in kind, like clothes (especially jackets), shoes, medicine or practicable things like paper cups for food distribution, cooking utensils, power generator, old mobile phones (only way to keep contact) and so on…

In addition to that we are happy about every helping hand!

You can find more information on https://noborderkitchenlesvos.noblogs.org/

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Please take a minute and have a look at our work. Maybe you cannot help yourself but know someone who can.

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POLICE REPRESSION AND A LOT OF WORK TO DO

These days are busy days for us. We are still working on cleaning the old beach and at the same time building the new social center. Also in these days cops started to bother us more and more.
During the last weeks they controlled us and the car several times before or after food distribution, thus delaying it and annoying us without any reason or further purpose. Also they have visited our rented space in the center three times now, two times taking all persons that were in the place to the police station. As if his wasn’t enough, they also came by the new squats and announced the eviction.
The first day in the new building of the social center they came while children were playing during the lunchtime. Without any eviction paper they entered the building to force everybody who didn’t look european enough to come with them. Two European women questioned the legitimation of their behavior and ended up in getting beaten by one plainclothesman who refused to identify himself afterwards. Luckily everybody got out of the police station and Camp Moria quite fast and despite the repression our work goes on.
For now we still are in the space, not simply giving it in to their threats. We are still continuing to build and run it and we don’t plan to leave it after simple threats without any legal groundings. Still we are cooking several hundred portions of food every day. And still we fight for sustaining the autonomous spaces for all refugees, migrants, travelers and visitors that need them.
Also still we need support and people to join us for winter!
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Welcome to the NBK Social center 2.0

The ten days ultimatum are over, the only things left at the beach where used to be a beautiful Social Center are a lot of empty food cups, a few tents still to be packed and a handful of diligent NBK people.

But no worries! We didn’t waste the time we had until the eviction. Quite on the opposite: all of us were busy scouting, cleaning, building and finally preparing new houses. We are happy to announce that we squatted a new space for using!

We have prepared new spaces where we will rebuild our Social center in the next days. On the other hand we also found a new place for living for some people.

Moving the whole social center and preparing an old house for living inside sounds like a lot of work? Yes it is! And we want to share it. So we invite all activists, squatters, travelers, builders, painters, artists, inventors, punks, vagabonds and nomads to come and join us!

If you can’t come you could help us get the material that we need by donating, making a benefit, busking… Have a look on our blog for more infos where to send money etc.

Stay tuned for updates and help us squat the world! They can’t evict our solidarity!

People make Fortress Europe burn- fire in Moria camp yesterday

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Yesterday some people burned the EASO office inside Moria in protest.

The EASO, the European Asylum Support Office is responsible to process the asylum applications in Lesvos, they are supposed to organize the registrations and interviews of the people. In reality the fail on many levels, Asylum processes on Lesbos are unbearably slow. Some people wait now for 9 months on Lesbos without having given an appointment for an interview.

Yesterday on Monday October 24th hundreds of people in Moria protested against this failure of the European Union. Furthermore they protested against the deportations happening in a regular basis on Lesbos. In the curse of the demonstrations fire was set to the containers or EASO, reportedly after their staff left. According to media reports half of the offices burned completely. The majority of the protester have Pakistani origin, one of the groups that is most affected by deportations.

Later in the day the police started arresting several people they suspected of being involved in the fire. Also they took the search for this people as an excuse to stop and control people according to their nationality not only inside Moria but also in Mytilini city. What they are doing basically is arresting random people they assume are from Pakistan.

While the burning if the EASO office was an act of resistance and freedom the police took this protest to increase Repression once again. We are once again in solidarity with the protesters in Moria camp and everywhere who, literally or not, set Fortress Europe on fire. We believe that the fight for freedom is always stronger than their repression.

Freedom of Movement for all! Make Fortress Europe history!

 

 

10 more days until the eviction

As it looks like, the eviction of the Social Center will be postponed for another 10 days.  The prolonging of the time until the eviction is due to negotiations with the chief of police. We negotiated for another 10 days but that doesn’t mean that we will leave volunterally after! And also it doesn’t mean that the no border social center will be finished after the eviction.

You can’t evict solidarity!

“You can’t evict Solidarity” Campaign calls for support!

“You can`t evict Solidarity” is a campaign against repression and for the support of the concerned persons of the evictions of the solidarity- squatting actions in Greece and the following protest actions in July/August 2016.

No Border Kitchen Lesvos in solidarity with the “You can`t evict Solidarity” campaign.

If you also want to support them visit their blog https://cantevictsolidarity.noblogs.org/!

You can’t evict a movement!