The Islamic State (IS) is defeated, that´s what you can read everywhere right now.With a lot of sacrifice, the people of Iraq and Syria have managed to disempower the terrorist organization.As joyous as the news is in the face of the IS's atrocities, it should not hide the fact that the region is facing massive problems.And that the danger is not banished.
Good news for our projects in Rojava, Northern Syria. Funding for the medical care station in Raqqa was extended and our proposal to furnish a Trauma Stabilization Point including training for local personnel was granted. This way, we can create medical capabilities in preparation of possible new fights breaking out.
In the last week news broke of Croatian police finally being caught red handed during illegal push-backs and violence against refugees. We spoke with Celestine*, from Cameroon, to gather his testimony from an illegal push back that occurred end of October this year on the Bosnian-Croat border near the village of Kladusa. Here are excerpts from the Testimony.
After our mobile hospital crossed the border to Rojava, things have gone quiet around our commitment in Northern Syria. Rest assured, we have not been idle in the region — but safety considerations left us in doubt of how to report.
A few weeks ago, we announced our intention to work on Lesvos as part of our Emergency Response Balkans. After our team had observed the situation on the ground for a few days, it became clear that as an organization we could not imagine working in the local conditions. The reasons for this decision can be found in our statement below.