Farewell Lesbos - we will be back on October 30th

Perhaps it is good that I did not know the extent of the misery, the violation of human rights, this cruel political activity in detail. When humanity mutates to "rejection", when the whole of Europe thinks it has to talk and argue for weeks about whether we should help or not? When we stare droolingly at the next catastrophe images and it often triggers nothing more than ...

Lesbos - KaraTepe - Moria2 - Help on the spot

Last Friday I landed back in Lesbos after a 3 day break. It was wonderful at home, my daughter's birthday, meeting my wonderful children, enjoying music by Mulham and Estas Tonne, working at Forum Stadtpark. Every moment in itself a source of strength. Thank you! You desperately need it when you are here on the ground and facing a reality that ...

#Lesbos #KaraTepe #Moria 1st week summary

I am very grateful that by chance I did not have a seatmate on the flight home from Greece to Vienna. Why? Because when I look at the beautiful landscape and the sea below me as I take off, my heart "overflows" and I have to cry. I am really looking forward to seeing my children, my daughter is celebrating her birthday tomorrow and these days when both my children are ...

#StopDeportationToAfghanistan - Monika Weilguni

"People who are deported to Afghanistan are exposed to fear and hatred, torture and terror, war and death" Monika Weilguni, chaplain Monika Weilguni speaks out what is reality in Afghanistan. Those who are deported to Afghanistan are exposed to inhuman situations from day one. Not only that they are deported after years in Austria, during which they got to know a peaceful life ...

Vienna, Afghanistan, working for and with people on the run

For all those who accompany, support, observe our work in goodwill and also for those who are directly affected, a small cross-section from the last visit to Vienna. BBU-Bundesbetreuungsagentur #Fairlassen Very good cooperation of different NGOs who have been intensively dealing with the loss of independent legal counselling for the last year. Together we tried to make the best out of this terrible situation. The Federal Support Agency ...

#StopDeportationToAfghanistan - Daniela Platsch

"Our government warns urgently about the security situation in Afghanistan and in the same breath deports people there......." Daniela Platsch, Political Director of the party "Wandel" It is intolerable that the real situation in Afghanistan, a high-risk area, is not taken into account. Deporting people to a country like Afghanistan, where almost everyone has already been affected in some way by the violence, the ...

#StopDeportationToAfghanistan - AusbildungStattAbschiebung?

The initiative #AusbildungStattAbschiebung, initiated by the current Minister Rudi Anschober and supported by many NGOs, business people and private individuals has made a lot of difference.The apprentices, mainly from Afghanistan, have received a so-called "inhibition" and can complete their apprenticeship. The first apprentices are finished, they are trained to become urgently needed skilled workers and I note that the Federal Government, the BMI continue to assume that the ...

#StopDeportationToAfghanistan - Monika Salzer

"Only a dictatorship deports people when it wants them. A democracy does not deliver people to death" Monika Salzer, founder of "Omas gegen Rechts". Thank you very much dear Monika for your vote against deportations to Afghanistan. It is completely incomprehensible and shameful for all of us that the Austrian Federal Government still wants to deport to Afghanistan, a high-risk area. An area where ...

#StopDeportationToAfghanistan - Bernhard Jenny

In Afghanistan, a high-risk area under the torment of war, terror, corruption and massive radicalism, Covid19 is now spreading. In addition to all the unbelievably sad things that are happening in this country, a famine is now in the making that will cost many people their lives.Countless Afghans live on day labour. If they can't get out, it means no income, no food ...

Afghanistan deportations-suspended detention

Repeating again and again that deportations to Afghanistan are in no way compatible with human rights and European values may seem strange, but the attitude of the Austrian Federal Government unfortunately forces us to do so. Afghanistan is a high-risk area affected by war and terror, and I personally do not know a single deportee who is able to gain a foothold in this country through his or her own means. Even people who have been deported by ...