Brief (depressing) update on the Berlin refugee situation #richardarmitage
Following up here on events at one of the institutions Richard Armitage supported earlier this year — I’m not going to translate the entire article, but last night the Berlin police were called to one of the Berliner Stadtmission’s refugee shelters (not sure if this is the one Armitage visited or not; they have two or three) to arrest a young man on charges of sexual abuse of a minor; during the arrest, another man (probably the father of the victim) attacked the young man who was arrested, and was shot to death by the police. (Judicial killings by the police have become par for the course in most of the U.S. these days, but they are still unusual in Germany.) The Berlin city government reiterated the intense need to move refugees out of these shelters (this one in particular is essentially just a very large space — no individual rooms).
Suzy’s been talking about the frustrations and dangers of leaving refugees in shelters for long periods of time in terms of lost energy, lost opportunities, and the way that life as a refugee changes people. Here’s an additional problem — crowding people together under these circumstances in a situation where they are not integrated in a community and have nothing to lose facilitates crimes, particularly in a situation where the residents are presumably all traumatized and thus more likely either to be potential perpetrators or to be less capable of protecting themselves.
Thanks to Suse for the link to this information.
The news report that woke me this morning: war crimes being committed in Aleppo as the Assad government attempts to subdue the city.