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.
- There are currently about 7 000 refugees in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos
- At least 2,000 of them are children under the age of 10
- Since the beginning of 2015, nearly 1 million refugees have arrived in Europe via the Greek islands
meals and first aid items
Yesterday Mateusz and Jarek from Good Factory set out on their first trip since the pandemic. They flew to Lesbos to distribute raincoats and warm clothes purchased thanks to your support. Our goal is to provide warm clothes to refugees to protect them from the cold and rainy season that is about to begin on the island.
The pandemic has made previously straightforward tasks – like air travel and transporting large pallets – nearly impossible to organize. Tests, risk of infection, and travel restrictions changing on the daily have made our work even more challenging. But there’s no point in complaining – we need to roll up our sleeves and get to work! Several thousand people are stuck in extremely tough conditions in overcrowded tents, with no prospects for the future.
Keep your fingers crossed for our mission and a safe return home!