Day 3 and time to visit the old and new Collective Aid warehouses where stock includes industrial kitchen equipment, ready to be mobilised quickly if numbers on the streets increase (as has happened before), tents, sleeping bags and blankets, clothes and more. Not to mention two pallets of 3XL waterproofs!
We hereby inform you that as of 22 May 2019, Aid Brigade has ceased all activities until further notice. This means the community centre is closed and there is no of food distribution, NFI provision, legal referral, first aid, psychological support, safeguarding and protection of vulnerable groups to refugees in Sarajevo.
Day 1 from Zeleznik just outside Belgrade in Serbia and my first impressions are of a pretty place, friendly, with the happiest of street dogs, and surprisingly warm weather. Being a Sunday, and a generally quieter time for daytime activities in respect of Ramadan, Clark Schofield, Director at Collective Aid and I took the opportunity to catch up over a morning coffee.
Two-year old Mawda, whose family we closely supported, shot by Belgian police during a car chase in the night of 16-17 May last year. We think of her parents and brother, who were treated deplorably by Belgian authorities in the aftermath of Mawda’s death. With the investigation not advancing, they are forced to continue, tirelessly, to demand justice.
Standing outside in a dusty clearing following a simple and fair registration process so that more than 1,000 men can receive much-needed aid of t-shirt, trousers, underwear, socks and a jumper. This is our first day of distribution at the Vathy Refugee Camp on the Greek island of Samos where people are living in appalling conditions, without even the most basic services.