Above: Photos of the camp kitchen by Georgia Lalor. At one point in 2015 10,000 people a day were reaching the shores of Lesvos, a Greek island close to the Turkish mainland. rabble sent Tomás Lynch to Idomeni, a camp that sprouted up on the border with Macedonia, home to more than 14,000 migrants in March 2016 to speak to some of the volunteers. Katerina Sharma, an Irish woman from Cork who went to Lesvos three times last year at the height of the crisis was compelled in particular by the harrowing photograph of Ahlan Kurdi, the toddler whose body … Read More
Photo: Justin Trudeau back in 2013. Credit to Taha Ghaznavi via Creative Commons Last week, the media swooned over holier than thou Trudeau’s meeting with that evil orange monster Trump. Eoghan McNeill takes a look behind the quiff and glistening smile of the liberal’s favourite head of state. I’ll say this for Justin Trudeau: he is a very handsome man. And I’ll say that unreservedly. He has the smile, hair, gait and charm of a West Wing character. He also has the cut of a man who’s practised walking to the West Wing theme tune while home alone, and jokingly-yet-seriously talked with … Read More
The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the far right all over Europe.Ireland is no exception. With the election of Trump they are starting to come out of the woodwork. A new party The National Party is being launched tomorrow in the plush surroundings of the Merrion Square Hotel.
Speaking at the launch will be nutter Justin Barrett ex Youth Defence, Mother and Child Campaign and No to Nice and James Reynolds the deputy president. Their message is of a similar rhetoric to that of Trump, anti-elitist, anti-immigration, anti multiculturalism, and of course speaking on behalf of the “silent majority”.
Martin Leen caught up with asylum seeker Lucky Khambule to discuss the realities and frustrations of living under the Direct Provision system in 2016. Here he outlines the steps some of those seeking asylum have taken to ensure their voices are heard. How long have you been in direct provision, what was the process when you arrived in Ireland? It’s been three and a half years now. I came to Ireland in January 2013. When you arrive, you lodge your application at the immigration office and you are allocated a space at a reception centre until you are moved to a … Read More
Above: rabble’s footage of the fascists legging it off can be seen on Youtube. Elsewhere, Flickr user BagelCurry shared an album of gorgeous monochrome shots from the demonstration yesterday too. So, after all their online bluster and hype yesterday saw a pitiful turn out from PEGIDA, while their scattered far-right sympathizers were forced to cower in the side streets of our capital. When it came down to it pathetic PEGIDA were nowhere to be seen at the GPO. While, on the other hand, buses came from as far away as Cork in a broad coalition that celebrated diversity and was determined … Read More
A rake of UK grassroots festivals have linked up to send some dosh the way of refugee relief in France. Donate and be in with the chance to win a hape of tickets to some stellar events. The full list of festivals is pretty insane. 22 in total and many will be household names for rabble regulars. The bulk of the cash will go to Aid Box Convoy, a Bristol based crew working with refugees. The fundraisers to provide for their Grand Synthe relief efforts in Dunkirk. “Where the team have been supporting Medicine Sans Frontiers and other volunteers … Read More
More heart-rending video diaries from the Grand-Synthe refugee camp Dunkirk. This wee piece was put together by Black Fly films and has several testimonies and statements from those in the camp. Looks like it was made as part of the Irish benders and burners crew journey over. In response to an off camera question one said: “We need everything, because we are human. We are not animal. We are living in a jungle. We are very, very angry about the police from France, because the police stop everyone helping. For example blankets and tents. Why not accept it. [They] hit … Read More
Pictured: Some of the Irish lot who are volunteering in the refugee camp in Dunkirk with the wood burning rocket stoves they brought to the camp. A group of Irish volunteers are over in the Dunkirk camp at the moment. It’s the “forgotten” refugee camp in Northern France with a largely Kurdish population. The volunteers made their way over late last week bringing with them about 30 wood burning stoves and other supplies for the camp. They’ve appealed for more support on their Facebook page: “Are you free for a weekend, or few days in … Read More
If you are the sort that prefers understanding things visually, then there’s the sheer scale of the current migration crisis hitting Europe hits home hard in this interactive tool produced by a company called Lucify. Using UN data it plots the mass movement of people into Europe. Click on the chart above and you’ll be brought to a page showing the monthly total of refugees originating from and seeking asylum in different countries. Holy fuck is all we can say. Just to put our own little island’s cowardice into open play here, consider this. Greece recently saw as many as … Read More
Photo: Above Wajl Soliman and his friend Jkria Amar in the tent city. Click the rest of the photographs for other captions. Fionnbarr Thompson recently holidayed in Kos, a Greek island a few miles from Turkey with lovely sunshine, way too many English people and an increasingly large number of refugees in the main town. He sent us this snapshot of how locals and refugees are doing. He drags an imaginary dagger across his throat with an ironic smile at the mention of Syria. His once white t-shirt has turned khaki; his eyes have taken on a … Read More