Let us not let our humanity sink!

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

14.06.2023

“The engine stopped. The ship sank within minutes. The deck was full of people. Likewise below it. The latter had no chance of getting out,” reports one survivor of this afternoon’s dramatic events.

The information reaching us is appalling. A boat with nearly 700 Libyan refugees, which had set sail from Tobruk and set course for the Italian coast, sank this afternoon near mainland Greece.

104 survivors were rescued from the water. The number of bodies recovered from the sea at the time of writing this text has reached 79. It is sure to rise by the morning, as the conditions in which they crowded onto the ship made any reaction to its sudden breakdown and rapid water intake impossible. The smugglers put far more people on board than there should have been.

Smugglers are taking more and more risks to avoid patrols. By circumventing the rules of seafaring and common sense, they attempt to bravado their way to Italy, avoiding the heavily guarded and notorious pushbacks of the Greek coast. They put the lives of hundreds of people who believe someone is helping them at stake. An estimated 72,000 people have already drowned in the Mediterranean.

Greece has long been one of the main routes for people fleeing war, persecution and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. In recent weeks, the authorities’ decisions have resembled deliberate persecution. Cutting off some of the camp’s inhabitants from food rations in order to force them to leave by hunger and pushbacks at sea show the dark face of the Old Continent.

Let us show that we are not their enemy. The Good Factory feeds the most vulnerable residents of a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. One hot meal is not an extra luxury for them, but the bare minimum. It is a display of the dignity they have lost because the world tries to make them believe that they have no place in it.

Let us do something for them today! Let us not let ourselves be told that we have no influence over anything. Let us not let our humanity sink!

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Save the Pharmacy for the Poorest in Togo

This amount will allow for equipping pharmacy shelves for the first half of the year. Ania and Mateusz will take care of this, and they will fly to Togo in February and fill the shelves with the most essential antibiotics, antimalarial drugs, and pain relievers. The Saoudé Pharmacy has people to save. It cannot succeed without your support.

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