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Testimony on Hygiene from Vial Camp, Chios

Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, today’s theme (Hygiene) dominates the global discussion. Everywhere we look we find, share and discuss information about the best ways to stay clean and to sanitise our spaces. We are socially distancing like never before as we close our doors to reduce the risk we pose to others 😷🧼


However, ALL safety measures in Europe are targeted purely to protect Europeans – the Hygiene guidance given cannot be applied to refugee camps. The media shows images from all over Europe of those acting to protect their communities, but none share the situation as it is for refugees. Those who are most inherently at risk have been silenced, forgotten, left to fend alone… 👤👤


In our Europe 2020, even a Human Right like Hygiene has a double standard.



Europe Must Act wants to share a testimony our team has been sent from a young male living on Vial Camp in Chios. Before the quarantine measures were put in place, he and his friends volunteered along with an NGO on camp, leading the NGO volunteers so that they could be as efficient as possible in camp cleaning sessions. Now that NGOs cannot go on camp, he still works tirelessly with his community to collect the waste, improve the hygiene and reduce the risk for others… But he feels frustrated and forgotten. Below are his words:


“𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗽. 𝗠𝘆 𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵 – 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗻𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵.

𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻. 𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗹𝗮𝘇𝘆 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲. 𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝘀 𝘂𝘀. 𝗜 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗽 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗽. 𝗨𝘀𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗲 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗻 𝗯𝗮𝗴𝘀, 𝗴𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝗽𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗡𝗚𝗢𝘀, 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲.


𝗦𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗿𝘂𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝘁.


𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴. 𝗠𝘆 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘂𝘀. 𝗣𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺𝘀. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝗶𝗿. 𝗪𝗲 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵. 𝗪𝗲 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝘆𝗴𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗡𝗚𝗢𝘀, 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿. 𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝘀𝗼𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝘁𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.

𝗜 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲𝘀, 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆. 𝗡𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗚𝗢𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲, 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗻𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘂𝘀.


𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀, 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗮 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻, 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀. 𝗡𝗚𝗢𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘁. 𝗔𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗡𝗚𝗢𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘂𝘀. 𝗡𝗼𝘄 𝗻𝗼𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁.”



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