Even if the deputy manager of the Kolari asylum reception center, Jari Sillantie, got fired on Thursday, matters at the camp haven’t gotten any better, according to an asylum seeker contacted by Migrant Tales.
“We’re served the same food [soup] for three days and when we ask why the staff doesn’t want to talk to us,” the asylum seeker said. “They hate us. Two employees told us that if we don’t like things here, we can go back to our country.”
The asylum seeker believes that the staff “hates them” because of what happened to the deputy manager on Thursday.
How does one react if the employee told the asylum seeker that he should leave Finland if he doesn’t like it? What about if an asylum seeker at the Kolari reception center sends you the following messages below on Wednesday and Friday?
Edited version: “If you can please help us to move from here because I swear we are very tired and we are dying here. Please (help us to) move from here.
Edited version: “Hi brother, please help us as we are very hungry. We don’t eat the same food they serve us every day. No one eats it: the children, women. Everyone here is tired if you can just help us so we can move the whole family from here.”
Or a picture like the one below yesterday?
A Kolari asylum seeker throwing away his food.
Why do some asylum centers, like the one in far-flung Kolari, persist in making the inhabitants suffer because of food they consider horrible?
Sure, some of us may get angry because they don’t like food that we’d probably wouldn’t touch or have to eat for months.
Why not solve the problem and let them make their food?
According to the asylum seeker, a woman who works in the kitchen made two types of soup. One was for the asylum seekers and another for the staff, or Arabic lentil soup, which the inhabitants had taught her to make.
“When I asked her if we could eat the lentil soup, she said it wasn’t for us and would throw it in the trash instead of giving it to us,” the asylum seeker continued. “She too told us that if we don’t like things we should go back to where we came from.”
Are these isolated cases or a pattern at the camp? What is the Red Cross doing after Sillantie got fired and what does it plan to do in order to make the lives of these asylum seekers more bearable?
Migrant Tales understands that some children at the camp may have the measles, but their parents believe it may be more serious since the building “is dirty and smells.”
“I spoke with the owner of the hotel, and he said that it’s only for 70 people, not for 130  as now,” the asylum seeker continued. “He said that it was made to house people for 3-4 days not for months [as our case].”
“The kids cannot do anything here because there is no playground and they can’t play anywhere,” the asylum seeker concluded.