From Express UK: With the showers and washing machines broken for weeks on end, desperate asylum seekers say they cannot continue to live in the “unworthy conditions”.
Around 92 refugees live in a gymnasium in Wackenbergstrasse, in Pankow, Berlin, as they wait to claim asylum. But the unhappy migrants have complained an emergency light that is kept on all night keeps them awake.
Some have even turned to drink and drugs to block out their living conditions, according to reports.
Sascha Langenbach, the spokeswoman for the refugee agency, reports of depression, trauma and alcohol abuse in the shelter. She said: ”We will also have to deal with the topic of drug abuse.”
Pankow’s mayor Sören Benn has been inundated with letters of complaints, with some migrants claiming they have developed diseases and rashes from living in the gym. One letter reads:”We live in dirt. And we do not know at all whether we can ever leave the gym.”
Another said: “The gym hall meant as a provisional solution has evolved into a permanent state which is unsustainable for people. “It cannot be that people in Germany have to live under these unworthy conditions.” And a mother-of-seven said: “We cannot stay here any longer,” while Tofigh, a young man who escaped from Iran, added: “We don’t trust anyone anymore.”
In Berlin, there are still 20,000 refugees living in shelters and around 3,000 in gym halls like the one in Wackenbergstrasse.
Birgit Geist, who coordinates the volunteering in the gym hall, said: “People are breaking down here, one after the other. “Since summer, they were promised that they will be able to move by the end of the year. However, for hygiene reasons alone are the conditions no longer acceptable for the residents.”
Another volunteer, Sarah Neumeyer, says the migrants struggle to sleep, adding: “In the hall, it is so bright at night that people have problems sleeping.”
But Mr. Benn has attempted to reassure the migrants, telling them: “I will see what I can do. Hang in there and do not go crazy.”