refugees in refugee camp Katsikas are being tested for the novel coronavirus

Current Quarantining Procedure in Camp Katsikas – Healthy Residents at Risk

  On Saturday 21 November, 140 residents of camp Katsikas were tested for COVID-19 in an orchestrated procedure. According to several camp residents we spoke with, the explanation provided by authorities was the detection of a positive COVID-19 case inside the camp. A local news source reported later that a total of 10 people were tested Read more about Current Quarantining Procedure in Camp Katsikas – Healthy Residents at Risk[…]

Update & Press Release on the Lock Down in Camp Katsikas

Katsikas Refugee Camp was put under a complete lockdown on Tuesday morning (Oct 6), despite the fact that not a single case of Covid-19 had been detected in the camp at that point. Hours later, with the camp under lockdown, authorities transferred several people there from the island of Lesvos. A test result of one Read more about Update & Press Release on the Lock Down in Camp Katsikas[…]

The Lock-Down of a Camp Without a Single Case – What is going on in Katsikas?

by Esther ten Zijthoff and Mimi Hapig This morning (6 October), residents of Katsikas camp were met with police presence at every entry/exit point of the camp. The camp has been placed under complete lockdown, barring its residents from exit and barring third-party groups from entry.  This step is one (and certainly the most drastic Read more about The Lock-Down of a Camp Without a Single Case – What is going on in Katsikas?[…]

Riot Police instead of Shelters – an Analysis of the Political Response to the Moria Fires

Last week, fires devastated Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. Moria had become infamous over the past years for its constant overcrowdedness and inhumane living conditions. The fires that started on Tuesday night and raged through to Wednesday morning left the 12,598 men, women and children who had been living in the camp, Read more about Riot Police instead of Shelters – an Analysis of the Political Response to the Moria Fires[…]

From Camps to Homelessness – Latest Change in Greek Asylum Regulations

A recent change in the asylum regulations by the Greek government threatens several thousand people with homelessness. The new regulation reduces the 6-month-period recognised refugees used to have to leave their accommodation in camps and apartments to 30 days. This change forces the accepted asylum seekers to find housing on their own within little more Read more about From Camps to Homelessness – Latest Change in Greek Asylum Regulations[…]

A New Global Narrative – A New Global Solidarity?

Thoughts about the New Coronavirus Pandemic in the context of migration and solidarity by Miriam Hapig, 31 March 2020 The new coronavirus is causing a crisis that is going to impact the narrative of our generation. The way the world around us used to function has been interrupted. Countless processes have come to a halt. Read more about A New Global Narrative – A New Global Solidarity?[…]

About Welding, Confidence and the Soothing Power of Crafting

Grace Anne Odom joined the maker space Habibi.Works as a supervisor for the metal workshop in June 2019. In her last week with the project, she offered a guided training within the NetWorks Program* to share her skills in welding techniques. In this interview, she gives an insight into her experience, the power of crafting Read more about About Welding, Confidence and the Soothing Power of Crafting[…]

‘Move for freedom of movement’ – refugees, volunteers to run at Olympia

by Rory O’Keeffe Thirteen sports-lovers from Asia, Africa and Europe are joining forces this weekend, to run the Olympia half-marathon for freedom of movement. The runners – refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Cameroon, who now live at camps in Ioannina, Epirus, and humanitarian volunteers at Habibi.Works, Katsikas, from Germany and the Netherlands  – will run the Read more about ‘Move for freedom of movement’ – refugees, volunteers to run at Olympia[…]

Ioannina residents and Greece’s newest citizens working together

  By Rory O’Keeffe As thousands of men, women and children who were forced from their homes by war and chaos prepare to take their places in Greek society, aid organisations and Greek citizens are working to help them succeed in their new home, to the benefit of all. Habibi.Works, run by aid organisation Soup Read more about Ioannina residents and Greece’s newest citizens working together[…]

Soup and Socks and Techfugees – a global summit for refugees and technology

by Rory O’Keeffe Soup and Socks will take part in a global summit later this month, as part of our ongoing work to enable people forced from their homes to rebuild their lives. For humanitarian organisations, responding to crises and saving lives is vital. But for men, women and children who flee war and terror Read more about Soup and Socks and Techfugees – a global summit for refugees and technology[…]

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