Meeting Amir shows just how much we are needed

Greece

In 2015, 856,000 people passed through the Greek islands, and in 2017 and 2018 only just under 30 thousand (according to UNHCR). But 2019 brought already a growth – over 60,000 newcomers. Today, boats coming to Greek beaches are back again, and practice shows that you can get stuck in Lesbos for a good few years. Nikos and Katerina run a small restaurant on the island, where every refugee can feel at home and eat a meal for free.

Overview:
  • There are currently over 2200 refugees in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos
  • At least half of them are children
  • Since the beginning of 2015, nearly 1 million refugees have arrived in Europe via the Greek islands
We provide more than

850

meals to refugees a day
We distribute

meals and first aid items

for the most needy, inc. children, pregnant women and the sick

12.07.2021

Amir stops us when we return with a new pram and personal hygiene products for the baby from Syria. He asks if we could spare a moment as soon as we are done with meeting the family. He waits. He has learnt patience through his long escape from his country, during which he had little influence over anything. Once we are finished, he comes over and asks if we would like to pay him a visit. He knows that we are here for a different reason, and we know that his need to talk to someone is even more important in a refugee camp than anywhere else.

Amir and his wife have prepared food which they want to share. When he says that this is how hospitality is shown in his country, his words trigger in us reflections on the quality of our collective, European hospitality that is keeping these people stranded here. Amir’s wife is pregnant yet all we can do for them at this time is to provide her with a well-balanced, hot meal every day and a layette for the baby that will be born any day now.

Let us share a little of what we have by providing at least one hot meal for the residents of the Moria 2.0 camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

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