An original translation by Liberty Dk.
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The cold gets refugees go crazy in German camps where children moan and get sick
By: Christian Kloster
Picture: On Friday, mist and drizzle hung over the tent camp located in an industrial area east of Hamburg. The night had been the coldest so far this year with temperatures close to freezing point. Local authorities have promised that people would, from November 1, no longer be staying in tents that are not suitable for use in winter.
HAMBURG (to Ekstra Bladet): – It is warm and safe and in there.
So claimed a person in charge who yesterday tried to prevent Ekstra Bladet’s employees from gaining insight into the conditions inside a gigantic asylum-camp, located right beside the heavily trafficked A7 motorway in an industrial area of ??Hamburg.
We managed anyway.
42,000 in tents
The person speaking told an untruth and perhaps not without reason. 42,000 refugees now live in primitive camps in Germany, where the cold is now upon them, and where, every day, Chancellor Angela Merkel receives an awful verbal beating from even her own fellow party members. They say that the country cannot possibly accommodate and integrate hundreds of thousands of refugees and immigrants. Every day there are 10,000 new arrivals, according to new numbers.
Picture: Four-year old Saifullah from Chechnya sleeps with his father at night to keep warm.
3600 of them have been brought into this muddy, cold, clammy camp only 170 km from the Danish-German border.
Camp warden assaulted
Inside, conditions are so harsh that the police have sounded the alarm. The newspaper “Hamburger Abendblatt” yesterday revealed a leaked police report. It describes the situation as extremely worrying.
The female commander has been attacked and threatened, says the report, which also provides information on how refugees have tried to storm an office – and how social workers do not dare hand blankets out of fear of being beaten up and out of fear of unrest amongst the people.
In just one part of the large camp there are 100 people, including children, who have been severely ill because of the cold in the chilly tents, just as ‘virus caused bronchitis and’ countless colds’ have broken out in the camp.
Police describes a fear that the pregnant women give birth prematurely, and cautions that the mood is boiling over in the camp.
“Unfortunately, it is true”, says a 25-year-old male Syrian refugee whom Ekstra Bladet met.
Threats and violence
“It is completely mad. Only ten percent of us are Syrians. The rest are mainly people from Kosovo and Albania who are not fleeing war. Why should they be here? They are terrorizing everyone with threats and violence. They fight. Children cry around the clock. People have lice. It smells. It is inhuman and people are coughing”, he says.
Everywhere in Germany doctors warn of the health hazards in the damp, cold and uninsulated tents, which are not designed for winter use. Still, the authorities are attempting to heat them with make-shift solutions that do not always work. This is why the authorities yesterday promised that children, elderly, pregnant women and the infirm would soon be evacuated and accommodated in an empty office building.
“Cold, cold, cold”…says seven-year Chechen Imam Suoyl who has learned a little German in the week he has lived in the tent camp in a meadow that, as the days go, has become increasingly muddy.
“I’m cold all the time”, says the seven-year Chechen refugee boy Islam Adret, who sat under quilts and blankets and talked with his brothers Imam and Saifullah, when Ekstra Bladet employees from outside the fence of the camp called them out of the tent for a while.
“Children should not be cold”
They froze. The father also, who, for this newspaper, agreed to take pictures from inside the extremely spartan tent – before the guards came and told them they were not allowed to take photos in the camp.
“Verboten”, said the warden determined.
The father hoped that the children could come inside a real house because the night temperatures are dropping to freezing, and in the camp there are fears that the temperatures would fall even further.
“I do not need much. Just that my children do not freeze”, he said.
The authorities are working like mad to find adequate housing for the refugees but, as Ekstra Bladet described yesterday, the new neighbors face considerable skepticism from locals.
100 becomes 1100
For example, the 100 residents of the north German village Sumte are extremely worried about their safety as 1,000 refugees will be moving in, in a few weeks’ time.
And many have become seriously angry in those few cases where municipalities have chosen to terminate rental agreements with Germans from municipal rental units because they have assessed that the refugees were more needy.
1.5 million. asylum-seekers to Germany this year.
A brand new figure is likely to give the German authorities a headache.
While thousands of refugees begin to freeze in primitive camps all over Germany, more are arriving than previously predicted.
It is simply escalating.
On Monday, alone 10,007 new refugees arrived into Germany, and an otherwise confidential report by the German Interior Ministry was yesterday revealed by the newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost.
It shows that since September – in one and a half months – 400,000 new refugees had arrived.
The leaked report
The official forecast had previously predicted that this year there would be 800,000 refugees arriving in Germany in 2015, but the leaked report shows that it is what has already arrived.
If the trend continues, as described in the report, 1.5 million refugees would arrive in Germany by years end.
The German authorities would yesterday not comment on the new figures, let alone changing the previous forecast.
The figures are also subject to some uncertainty