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This is Samos this week…. It is a far cry from the promised and no doubt still being discussed “winterization ” of the camps! It is a blight on all those with conscience who either turn away or find this acceptable, IT IS NOT.

We return to Samos in a week. We will never turn away, never give in and never stop fighting for the rights of every human being on this planet to have basic human rights, basic humanity, basic living conditions, education, solace, sanctuary, medical attention, the right to be heard, seen, listened to, the right of safety, of refuge … and the right and the ability to return home !

We are so grateful to those who have already offered help, donated, fundraised, offered advise, suggestions and ideas of help. From the Pakistani community in Ballaghdereen, to Deirdre in Cork and to all her colleagues and friends, to Eva who is a constant support and provider,Bernie in Belfast who has been behind us all the way, to Claire and Jeremy in France and Amy in Cornwall, Denis in New york and Ireland, and Jerry and Louisa in Mayo…  to those who have donated via bank transfer, paypal or go fund me. I wish I could name and personally thank every single one of you, it is the least you deserve but I hope this and our promise of doing our best in your name and with your donations/support suffices in some way to showing our absolute gratitude.

As I said, we are in the last preparations for our return. As you can see from the video ( Thanks M) below, things are extremely bad in Samos. Families seeking refuge continue to arrive across dangerous seas to be faced with the scenes below. We have ideas and plans to implement to try to alleviate some of the conditions below but the constant and more sustainable fight for an end to war, greed, conflict and abuse of humans is to the forefront of our minds and our humanitarian work as always only runs paralell to our beliefs as human rights defenders/activists.

Please continue alongside us, watch the videos, and if at all possible donate,share our updates ( which will continue once we arrive back to Greece next week) stay in touch or get in touch… we can not do any of this alone…

 

 

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Is it enough yet?

It is with anger in every fibre of my being I type this, type it violently on each key of the keyboard in the ridiculous and probably vain hope that typing loudly will make more people listen. No more excuses , band aids are not enough and yes, what we do is nothing more than a band-aid.

This winter in the camps in Greece, people have died. In 2016/17 in first world countries, in Europe, in our civilized? countries we are watching people die. Drown, freeze, die from inhumane lack of medical treatment, inhumane lack of caring , lack of conscience, from bitterness, racism, xenophobia, from intolerance and ignorance.

I am screaming but even louder they are screaming and no one listens, no-one that can and should make a difference.Do you understand, people are seeking refuge! REFUGE!!! Do we just not care enough? Is it just not close enough to home? Is it the wrong skin colour that we find easy to ignore? Are we really so shallow to choose which religion we help?Which child to save? Which mother we listen to?

The pictures of dead babies has not been enough, the pictures of freezing cold and wet mothers giving birth in a tent not enough. We have sat with the sole survivor of a shipwreck in my arms for 2 days ( 11 years old). I have held the bodies of 3 young babies as their father dug their grave in Samos. We have lifted the body of a 10 year old boy out of the water 10 days after his little body was lost at sea. I can tell you all the stories of rape, torture, murder, displacement, fear and death that we listen to each night.  We can reiterate to you the indomitable resilience, bravery and sheer fight to survive we witness daily in the camps… but will that even be enough ?

Yes, today I despair. This last week alone we have had 3 suicide attempts in the camp in Samos, The most recent being a Palestinian single father of 3 children. He has been in the camp for months now with little or no information on his future or the future of his children. What parent could watch his children suffer for months on end, after survivng war, dangerous sea crossings and who knows what other terrors, without any sign of an end, any sign of compassion coming forward or even a start at an asylum process to which he can plan refuge, sanctuary and safety for his 3 young children. Death, leaving behind his children as orphans seemed to him his only chance of getting them heard, getting them help… allowing them a life.

We have booked our tickets to return, to do something, anything we can to help. To add more band-aids to an abyss but we wont stop trying. We will be louder, angrier and more front-line than ever. We will beg, shout, plead for help, for notice, for conscience and for humanity…

We ( all of us ) need help . options to donate below

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So, let me tell you about resilience. It is one of the abiding , resounding characters of those seeking refuge in the unwelcoming camps in Europe. It is the humbling kick in the backside many of us get and need when we feel hard done by when having to leave our beds, our apartments no matter how basic,  and go to the camp.When the rain is rushing into and around tents, cabins or containers that are now “home” to so many, when men and women are soaked to the skin while trying to find another rock, a pallet of wood, a broken piece of wall for shelter for securing the tents and still they gratefully smile and appreciate the little help we offer. When a young child’s face lights up when his little imagination turns a broken metal bed frame suddenly into a bus to drive his friends from Iran to Greece.

 

 

 

We have spoken many times of the emotions in the camps. Yes, emotions are, as expected, fear, anger, despair but without fail resilience, steadfastness and a sense of refusing to give up is palpable daily. How dare we, or I, give up, when those affected so horrendously refuse to. How can I even dare to think of being tired, of moaning of cold or wet… and yet I do, regularly, And in those moments I am comforted, offered tea, a hug and a cuddle and I remember to be grateful for all I have.

 

It is with all this in mind that we return each time, return to Samos, to the camp, to the centre of those seeking refuge  asking for help, for conscience and for safety. It is with this in mind we will again ask for help. financial help, moral support, . We will continue to ask for your anger to be diverted towards those that can make a difference, your voice to become louder against war and conflict, greed and inhumanity. We, all of us, need help at times .. this just happens to be our time to stand up and do something. Please do!

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