Syrian Refugees in Bulgarian Shelter Declare Hunger Strike

Society | September 8, 2013, Sunday // 12:40| Views: | Comments: 6
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Syrian Refugees in Bulgarian Shelter Declare Hunger Strike: Syrian Refugees in Bulgarian Shelter Declare Hunger Strike Chaos has been reigning in the refugee shelter in Bulgaria's southern town of Lyubimets for three days now. Photo by

Thirty two Syrian refugees from the shelter in Bulgaria's southern town of Lyubimets have declared hunger strike.

One of them has told Nova TV that they are upset by the slow process and the red tape in Bulgaria granting them official refugee status.

Syrian Tarek says chaos has been reigning in the shelter for three days now and compares the conditions there as those of a prison.

Tarek has already spent 44 days in the Lyubimets shelter and wishes to receive official refugee status ASAP in order to start a normal life. The deadline for the procedure in Bulgaria is 6 months, but the protesters deem it way too long.

"I want freedom. My family is still in Syria and I have been disconnected from them. For 10 days now I don't know anything about them. I came here as a refugee, not as a criminal. They want to keep us in this jail for 6 months, but we will strike until they give us freedom. We don't want to stir trouble and break the rules, but the situation here is truly unbearable," Tarek explains.

The Bulgarian Interior Ministry has commented that the State Agency for Refugees is working to find ways to improve conditions in the shelter and speed up the procedure.

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krush666 - 9 Sep 2013 // 21:17:23

Welcome to the Badass Balkans. Your gay immigrant rights exist only in Western Europe not in Bulgaria. We kick ass, as you will be kicked soon.

Seedy - 9 Sep 2013 // 10:36:15

"The situation is unbearable..."? If he's a genuine refugee then maybe he'd notice that it was a LOT more unbearable back in Syria - time to boot the ungrateful tw*ts back across the border to Turkey and let their co-religionists take care of their delicate tastes and needs...

Pantudi - 8 Sep 2013 // 23:06:50

Correction: "If they don't like IT, let them..."

Pantudi - 8 Sep 2013 // 22:54:56

The refugees are probably offered better living conditions than many BG retirees. Those who genuinely fear for their lives should be grateful that they are given shelter and food. If they don't like them let them go back to wherever the fcuk they came from.

Khan Kubrat - 8 Sep 2013 // 22:31:54

Refugees all over the World, wait from 4 to 10 yrs, to get a Refugee Status, look Canada and USA... and then they just not getting one, and have to return back... Whom is not Happy to have a roof & food, over they Head, let him go back... Bulgarians did in off for them to accept them in first place... send them back to Turkey, will be more easy for them to go back home later... and specially the one with attitude. Bulgarians have in off they own problems... Six mounts to get a Status, this a change to five years, and then every one will relax very easy....

waymon - 8 Sep 2013 // 19:05:08

what a crappy attitude what does he expect Bulgarians to do? give him all his money and commit mass suicide
what a monkey seriously,

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