Monday, May 30, 2016

Horrific EU Mistreatment of Refugees

Horrific EU Mistreatment of Refugees

by Stephen Lendman

Desperate people fleeing US war zones, state terror and persecution are some of the world’s least welcome - denigrated for seeking safe havens, wanting life, not death.

European refugee camp conditions are deplorable, below minimum standards for human habitation, warehouses for unwanted people, concentration camps in Turkey. 

Greece is no better, new Thessaloniki camps way overcrowded, vital humanitarian aid lacking, thousands transferred from now cleared Idomeni because of its deplorable conditions.

Greece’s Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis called it a “modern (day) Dachau.” Human rights activists consider new Thessaloniki camps no better.

According to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical coordinator for Greece, Dr. Lamia Bezer, “(t)he places where the camps have been set up are all in industrial areas.” 

“All these areas are not supposed to be residential areas. They are not really fit to be hosting thousands of people.”

They’re way overcrowded, basic hygienic conditions absent, endangering the health and lives of their inhabitants.

Waste piles up where people live. Better planning and concern for desperate people could have handled things better. UNHCR’s Melissa Fleming said some of the Thessaloniki camps she visited were deplorable, well below minimum human habitation standards.

Greece is hostage to Troika bandits, financially raping and pillaging democracy’s birthplace, demanding new pounds of flesh on top of earlier amounts extracted.

Ordinary Greeks suffer hugely under extreme neoliberal harshness. Desperate refugees fleeing war zones and persecution are treated like disposable garbage.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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