Interview with ‚The European‘ on my experiences in the Syrian Refugee Response in SE Turkey

I am very happy that I had the chance to contribute to the current debate on Europe’s approach towards the people who come to the EU to seek refuge.

‚As a young German and a convinced European, I perceive it as a duty to stand up for the refugees and asylum seekers whose chartered rights all too often, unfortunately, are being breached.‘

Read the full interview attached.

The European A Quaden


A testimony of Internally Displaced People in Dohuk/Kurdistan Iraq/Northern Iraq

WHEN you have to call a camp, an unfinished building or just a tent your home for more than a year,

WHEN you even miss the basic items for living,

WHEN you can be happy that sometimes someone in your family finds some work and you can maybe attend some education activities,

WHEN you are worried that in the coming winter nobody gives you fuel, blankets, shelter repair and winter clothes,

WHEN you know that psychosocial and medical support is urgently needed for yourself, your parents or your siblings,

WHEN you fled Mosul and Sindschar last summer, surviving the horror of forced displacement inside your own country, because IS invaded your home,

THEN you are one of almost 430,000 Iraqi IDPs in Dohuk/Kurdistan Iraq/Northern Iraq totally dependent on the international community and local structures to support and help you – not even for a bright future, only to survive!

And when you then want to go to a safer place, you face the harsh reality that you cannot apply for a visa anywhere…

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Europe – open safe routes for refugees!! so that this stops:

„At least 12 migrants believed to be Syrians drowned as two boats sank after leaving southwest Turkey for the Greek island of Kos, Doğan News Agency reported on Sept. 2.
It said a boat carrying 16 Syrian migrants had sunk after leaving the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula, and seven people had died. Nine people were rescued and the coastguard was continuing its search for two people still missing.
Separately, a boat carrying six Syrians sank after leaving Akyarlar on the same route. Three children and one woman drowned and two people survived after reaching the shore in life jackets.

Tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their homeland have descended on Turkey’s Aegean coast this summer to board boats to Greece, their gateway to the European Union.“n_87862_1