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Testimony on Hygiene from Vial Camp, Chios

Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, today’s theme (Hygiene) dominates the global discussion. Everywhere we look we find, share and discuss information about the best ways to stay clean and to sanitise our spaces. We are socially distancing like never before as we close our doors to reduce the risk we pose to others đŸ˜·đŸ§Œ

However, ALL safety measures in Europe are targeted purely to protect Europeans – the Hygiene guidance given cannot be applied to refugee camps. The media shows images from all over Europe of those acting to protect their communities, but none share the situation as it is for refugees. Those who are most inherently at risk have been silenced, forgotten, left to fend alone

In our Europe 2020, even a Human Right like Hygiene has a double standard.

Europe Must Act wants to share a testimony our team has been sent from a young male living on Vial Camp in Chios. Before the quarantine measures were put in place, he and his friends volunteered along with an NGO on camp, leading the NGO volunteers so that they could be as efficient as possible in camp cleaning sessions. Now that NGOs cannot go on camp, he still works tirelessly with his community to collect the waste, improve the hygiene and reduce the risk for others
 But he feels frustrated and forgotten. Below are his words:

“𝗜 đ˜„đ—źđ—»đ˜ đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—čđ—± đ˜đ—Œ 𝘀đ—Čđ—Č đ—¶đ—» đ—˜đ˜‚đ—żđ—Œđ—œđ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗿đ—Č𝗳𝘂𝗮đ—Čđ—Č𝘀 𝗼𝗿đ—Č 𝘀đ—Čđ—żđ˜ƒđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—ș𝘀đ—Čđ—č𝘃đ—Č𝘀. đ—§đ—”đ—Č đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—čđ—± đ—ș𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘀đ—Čđ—Č đ˜„đ—”đ—źđ˜ đ—”đ—źđ—œđ—œđ—Čđ—»đ˜€ đ—Œđ—» đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗰𝗼đ—șđ—œ. 𝗠𝘆 đ—œđ—¶đ—°đ˜đ˜‚đ—żđ—Č𝘀 đ˜€đ—”đ—Œđ˜„ đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ˜đ—żđ˜‚đ˜đ—” – 𝗯𝘂𝘁 đ—»đ—Œ đ—Œđ—»đ—Č 𝘀đ—Čđ—Č𝘀 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ˜đ—żđ˜‚đ˜đ—”.

𝗘𝘃đ—Č𝗿𝘆 đ—±đ—źđ˜† 𝘄đ—Č 𝗰đ—čđ—Čđ—źđ—». đ—Șđ—Č 𝗼𝗿đ—Č đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ—č𝗼𝘇𝘆 đ—œđ—Čđ—Œđ—œđ—čđ—Č. đ—Șđ—Č 𝗼𝗿đ—Č đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ—”đ—Čđ—čđ—œđ—čđ—Č𝘀𝘀, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 đ—»đ—Œđ—Żđ—Œđ—±đ˜† đ—”đ—Čđ—čđ—œđ˜€ 𝘂𝘀. 𝗜 đ—·đ˜‚đ˜€đ˜ đ˜„đ—źđ—»đ˜ đ—œđ—Čđ—Œđ—œđ—čđ—Č đ˜đ—Œ đ—žđ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ˜đ—”đ—źđ˜ đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—œđ—Čđ—Œđ—œđ—čđ—Č đ˜„đ—”đ—Œ 𝗰đ—čđ—Čđ—źđ—» đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗰𝗼đ—șđ—œ 𝗼𝗿đ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗿đ—Č𝗳𝘂𝗮đ—Čđ—Č𝘀 đ˜„đ—”đ—Œ 𝗼𝗿đ—Č đ—Œđ—» đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗰𝗼đ—șđ—œ. 𝗹𝘀𝘂𝗼đ—čđ—č𝘆 𝘄đ—Č 𝗮đ—Č𝘁 đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—Żđ—¶đ—» 𝗯𝗼𝗮𝘀, 𝗮đ—čđ—Œđ˜ƒđ—Č𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ˜„đ—¶đ—œđ—Č𝘀 đ—łđ—żđ—Œđ—ș 𝗡𝗚𝗱𝘀, đ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ˜đ—”đ—Č𝘆 đ—°đ—źđ—»đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—Č.

đ—Šđ—Œđ—Œđ—» 𝘄đ—Č đ˜„đ—¶đ—čđ—č đ—żđ˜‚đ—» đ—Œđ˜‚đ˜.

đ—Șđ—Č 𝗼𝗿đ—Č 𝘀𝘂𝗳𝗳đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž. 𝗠𝘆 đ—œđ—Čđ—Œđ—œđ—čđ—Č 𝗼𝗿đ—Č 𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—Œđ—ł đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ˜ƒđ—¶đ—żđ˜‚đ˜€. 𝗣đ—Čđ—Œđ—œđ—čđ—Č đ—”đ—źđ˜ƒđ—Č đ—șđ—Čđ—±đ—¶đ—°đ—źđ—č đ—œđ—żđ—Œđ—Żđ—čđ—Čđ—ș𝘀. đ—§đ—”đ—Č đ—°đ—Œđ—»đ—±đ—¶đ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—» đ—¶đ˜€ đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ—łđ—źđ—¶đ—ż. đ—Șđ—Č đ—±đ—Œ đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ—”đ—źđ˜ƒđ—Č đ—Čđ—»đ—Œđ˜‚đ—Žđ—” đ˜đ—Œ 𝗰đ—čđ—Čđ—źđ—» đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ˜€đ—Čđ—č𝘃đ—Č𝘀 đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—”. đ—Șđ—Č 𝗮đ—Č𝘁 đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—”đ˜†đ—Žđ—¶đ—Čđ—»đ—Č đ—łđ—żđ—Œđ—ș 𝗡𝗚𝗱𝘀, đ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ˜đ—”đ—Č𝘆 đ—°đ—źđ—»đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—Č𝗿. 𝗜 𝗼đ—ș đ˜€đ—Œđ—żđ—żđ˜† đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗜 𝗼đ—ș đ˜đ—¶đ—żđ—Čđ—± đ—Œđ—ł đ˜đ—”đ—¶đ˜€ đ˜€đ—¶đ˜đ˜‚đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—».

𝗜 đ—·đ˜‚đ˜€đ˜ đ˜„đ—¶đ˜€đ—” đ—œđ—Čđ—Œđ—œđ—čđ—Č đ—žđ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ˜đ—”đ—źđ˜ 𝗰đ—čđ—Čđ—źđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗿đ—Č 𝗿đ—Č𝗳𝘂𝗮đ—Čđ—Č𝘀, đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—șđ˜‚đ—»đ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ—œđ—źđ—čđ—¶đ˜đ˜†, đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ—źđ—»đ˜† 𝗼𝗮đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ˜†. đ—Ąđ—Œ đ—Œđ—»đ—Č đ—Č𝘅𝗰đ—Čđ—œđ˜ đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗡𝗚𝗱𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ˜ƒđ—Œđ—čđ˜‚đ—»đ˜đ—Čđ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—”đ—Čđ—čđ—œđ—Čđ—± 𝘂𝘀 𝗯đ—Čđ—łđ—Œđ—żđ—Č, đ—»đ—Œđ˜„ đ—»đ—Œ đ—Œđ—»đ—Č đ—°đ—źđ—» đ—”đ—Čđ—čđ—œ 𝘂𝘀.

đ—Șđ—Č 𝗼𝗿đ—Č 𝗼đ—čđ—č đ—”đ˜‚đ—șđ—źđ—» 𝗯đ—Čđ—¶đ—»đ—Žđ˜€, 𝘄đ—Č 𝗼đ—čđ—č đ˜„đ—źđ—»đ˜ 𝗼 đ—œđ—Č𝗼𝗰đ—Č𝗳𝘂đ—č đ—œđ—č𝗼𝗰đ—Č đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—œđ—Čđ—Œđ—œđ—čđ—Č đ˜đ—Œ đ—čđ—¶đ˜ƒđ—Č đ—¶đ—», 𝘄đ—Č đ˜„đ—źđ—»đ˜ đ˜đ—Œ đ—”đ—Čđ—čđ—œ đ—Č𝘃đ—Čđ—żđ˜†đ—Œđ—»đ—Č đ—»đ—Œđ˜ đ—Œđ—»đ—č𝘆 đ—Œđ˜‚đ—żđ˜€đ—Čđ—č𝘃đ—Č𝘀. 𝗡𝗚𝗱𝘀 đ˜„đ—źđ—»đ˜ đ˜đ—Œ đ—”đ—Čđ—čđ—œ 𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝘂𝘁 đ˜đ—”đ—Č𝘆 đ—°đ—źđ—»đ—»đ—Œđ˜. đ—”đ—œđ—źđ—żđ˜ đ—łđ—żđ—Œđ—ș 𝗡𝗚𝗱𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± đ˜ƒđ—Œđ—čđ˜‚đ—»đ˜đ—Čđ—Č𝗿𝘀 đ—»đ—Œ đ—Œđ—»đ—Č đ˜„đ—źđ—»đ˜đ˜€ đ˜đ—Œ đ—”đ—Čđ—čđ—œ 𝘂𝘀. đ—Ąđ—Œđ˜„ đ—»đ—Œđ—Żđ—Œđ—±đ˜† đ—°đ—źđ—» đ—Č𝘃đ—Čđ—» đ—”đ—Čđ—čđ—œ 𝘂𝘀 đ—¶đ—ł đ˜đ—”đ—Č𝘆 đ˜„đ—źđ—»đ˜.”

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