Dear Members and Supporters,
We start 2021 with a focus on Europe and the situation confronting people trying to seek asylum here.
First is a shocking reminder of the inhumanity being suffered by our fellow human beings in freezing winter weather on our very doorstep. The blog entitled “Enough is Enough. Europe Act Now” describes the desperate situation facing people trying to reach Croatia who are stranded in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has been written, for UAI, by a group of medical volunteers from Germany who have been trying to bring help.
This issue also includes an inspiring interview with a young activist, Seán Binder, and our January Newsletter concludes with a link to UAI’s End of Year Message. (This is separate from the UAI in the UK message you received earlier). We are including this because it lists all the articles, blogs and statements that appeared on the UAI website in 2020, and reflects the wide range of issues now being covered by UAI. We hope it will encourage you to explore the site and to share your enthusiasm for our work with other people in your network.
The Committee of UAI in the UK
10 January 2021
1.“Enough is Enough. Europe Act Now!”
On 24 December, when many of us had other things on our minds, the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported on a fire that had broken out the day before at the Lipa refugee camp located in Bosnia near it’s border with Croatia. This has echoes of the fire at the Moria camp on Lesbos that we reported on in our October Newsletter. Follow the link below for the initial UN report of the fire
Click on the article below to read it in full:
2. An interview with Seán Binder
In an interview with UAI, Seán describes the rewards of being a volunteer with Emergency Response Centre International on the island of Lesbos, AND of the pitfalls posed by EU policies and legislation.
Click below to read the interview in full:
An interview with Seán Binder – a young humanitarian volunteer and researcher celebrated by refugee aid and human rights organisations in Europe
3. UAI End of Year Message
Click on the article below to read the End of Year message from the International Executive Committee (IEC) of UAI. In it, you will find links to all the articles, blogs and activities of UAI in 2020.