Demonstration in Leeuwarden for the evacuation of Moria refugee camp

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Refugees and migrants carry their belongings as they flee from a fire burning at the Moria camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Recently, the Moria refugee camp on Lesvos was in the news because of major fires. Thousands of migrants have been evacuated. The situation in the camp has been dire for years. Too many people on top of each other, poor living conditions, no prospect of improvement. For many people, Moria is the symbol of the European Union’s failing approach to the refugee crisis. This is also the case for humanitarian aid worker Roos Ykeme from Raard. She will hold a demonstration in Leeuwarden on Saturday.

According to Ykema, more refugees must be received. According to her, it often seems as if there is no political will here, while the Netherlands is one of the countries that have a say in the European border regions.

“You will never forget the stench”

She herself spent nine months on the island of Lesbos about two years ago. She worked as a volunteer at camp Moria. According to Ykema, it was already terrible there then. “Four families often live close together in one tent. Everyone has to queue for food, there is no school for children, there is no good medical care and there are no showers and toilets,” she says. “There is a lot of filth on Moria.” According to Ykema, you will never forget the smell of the camp if you have ever been there.

Taking in refugees

According to the organizing group behind the demonstration, the Dutch government must take its responsibility. The Netherlands does not want to accept more than 100 refugees, and that is far too few, says Ykema. The demonstration is on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Leeuwarden, at the Oldehoofsterkerkhof. There will be speakers, but there will also be musicians.

The corona measures are taken into account in the protest. People must keep a distance of 1.5 meters, for that there are also dots on the ground.

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