On the night of September 9th Austrian Green Party politician Michaela Spritzendorfer together with Klaus Kufner and Ilse Lahofer were at the main refugee camp in Röszke to deliver relief supplies when these harrowing videos that bring us a rare glimpse at life inside Roszske refugee camp were taken.
The people in the videos who have made it into the hall are “privileged” compared to those who have to stay in tents or cages outdoors at the main camp in Röszke, which has existed for about 3 years on the Serbian-Hungarian border.
Hungry people are trying to catch the plastic bags packed with sausage rolls and bottled water that are thrown by the police wearing surgical masks into the crowd.
Women put their children on the barrier in the hope of getting the food handed over directly or sit with their children on the dirty mats and wait until someone brings their ration. People and children who are locked up with their parents are seen eating immediately upon acquiring a bag of food.
Separated families holding onto hope of getting in touch with missing loved ones keep passports or signs with the phone numbers and names of the missing. A father looking for his 14-year-old son, who was taken away by police holds his sign, in the hope that the world does not look away and instead helps him.
Since the beginning of July the flow of refugees has increased dramatically. Within 3 months obviously it is now not possible to organize humane food distribution in the camp.
There is no medical care, two volunteer paramedics of the Hungarian Red Cross sit and wait in an empty room on the first floor to receive emergencies. They are not permitted to give information about the healthcare situation in the camp.
The ambulance, however, can be called for emergencies. In the infirmary only stands a small round table with 3 chairs and blankets. At the desk are plaster, 2 kitchen rolls and a stethoscope. Along the wall are one and a half packs of toilet paper and some diaper packages.
Two videos record earlier this summer by Sakir Khader, journalist for the Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant, offer us a look at the cages that refugees at the Roszke camp are being held in.
Absolutely appalling conditions in Hungary detention camps 4 asylum seekers, kept in crowded pens like cattle. pic.twitter.com/Hhr5gMi4SJ
— Peter Bouckaert (@bouckap) September 9, 2015
The current situation is deteriorating rapidly for refugees being held outside in tents or without shelter with torrential rains and mud exasperating the already miserable and unsanitary conditions for survival.
— Szabolcs Panyi (@panyiszabolcs) September 10, 2015
Activists from Germany are organizing their own effort to bring supplies to the refugees. Supplies urgently needed are rain ponchos, garbage bags, face masks, gloves, disinfectants, raincoats and rubber boots.
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