"They need to give these men some respect”
On Monday night, I saw some of these men sitting outdoors, with all their belongings. All nine of them are Sudanese; they speak no English and very little Hebrew. They told me that there were no beds for them. They could have slept inside, on the ground, but they wanted to sleep outside so that others would see their plight. I went to talk to the prison officials, and told them that they should open up new rooms for them, since there are wings that are aren’t open yet. [The detention centre is set to expand and eventually hold between 6,000 and 9,000 migrants.] But they wouldn’t. Apparently, they didn’t have the staff to deal with any new rooms. So the nine men slept outside all night.Detainees protesting on Tuesday night.The next day, there were still no beds for them. Word had spread about their situation, and many of us went out to join them in protest. We stayed out past our 10pm curfew. The officials and police officers came to talk to us; we told them that we didn’t want any trouble, but that they needed to give these men some respect. To preserve their humanity, they needed to sleep in beds. We wouldn’t go back inside otherwise. Finally around 5am, beds were found for them and we ended our protest.