A story from the street vendors of Nea Smirni Square

Η Ιδρύτρια της Ένωσης, κα Λωρέττα Μακόλευ, συμμετείχε στην πολύ σημαντική εκδήλωση συμπαράστασης στους μετανάστες μικροπωλητές της Νέας Σμύρνης που πραγματοποιήθηκε στο χώρο του Ελεύθερου Γαλαξία στις 31 Μαΐου. Η Ένωση Αφρικανών Γυναικών θεωρεί απαράδεκτη την οργανωμένη επίθεση που δέχονται μετανάστες μικροπωλητές των οποίων το μόνο «έγκλημα» είναι ο αγώνας τους για επιβίωση με αξιοπρέπεια και αυτοσεβασμό. Η οργάνωσή μας θα στηρίζει πάντοτε με αλληλεγγύη κάθε πρωτοβουλία μεταναστών και Ελλήνων που δεν υποχωρούν στο ρατσισμό και την εκμετάλλευση και σε αντίθεση με το πνεύμα των καιρών επιδιώκουν μια κοινωνία ισότητας, δικαιοσύνης και ευημερίας για όλους μας.

We all came from a terrible and horrible life history. We left our communities because they are shut before they grow. We hailed from the Southeast of Nigeria, where people are agitating for their rights and freedom to live, but these rights are denied and humiliated. Most of us lost our dear ones in clashes between the government and our communities. Military government forces were sent to us not to keep peace but to kill every living grow up in our communities. That has triggered, in turn, the formation of militant resistance groups to protect the communities and the right of the people to live. But people died every day and there was no media there to expose these calamities for the world to see.

We left for Europe in order to protect our lives because our places were not safe for us to live. We spent months on our way in order to arrive in Greece. Life is not a bed of roses. But everyone who left his country to another place must seek a way of survival. We searched for jobs but it was very difficult to get them. We became street vendors not because we want to be on the streets but in search of way of survival. We are not criminals neither are we dangerous to society. We are chased every day by the municipal police pushing us forward to become dangerous to society. Some of us have been in the Square of Nea Smirni for years and have already become part of this area.

We are appealing to the people of Nea Smirni who give us the welfare of our staying in Greece to help us stop the menace.

The street vendors of Nea Smirni Square

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