In 2015, 856,000 people passed through the Greek islands, and in 2017 only just under 30 thousand (according to UNHCR). 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 20,000 refugees in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
- 12 000 of those are orphaned children and adolescents.
- Since the beginning of 2015, nearly 1 million refugees have arrived in Europe via the Greek islands
This was yet another difficult day for residents of the Moira camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. As difficult as many other days in the past since the residents have been experiencing a crisis for the past few weeks. The space intended for 3,000 people will now have to fit over 14,000. More than 1,000 of those are children and teenagers without guardians. Their parents’ fates are unknown.
Today, we don’t want to show you how difficult their life is and just how much of an uphill battle they face – there are already enough pictures from the overcrowded camp on the web. Today, on the occasion of Refugee Solidarity Day, we want to show you smiles on the faces of children and teenagers, for whom we are doing everything we can along with Katerina and Nikos to create a home, if only for a moment. We offer them a hot meal and the warmth of an open home. Every week, the Home for All kitchen prepares a few thousand delicious and nutritious meals. Young refugees come here to spend time with us, help out in the kitchen, play, and take their minds off of a past marred by war and hunger as well as their ever-present fear about the future.
Remember about these children. Send positive thoughts their way or, if you can, help us feed them. We have a lot left to do in Greece and we cannot do it without you!