NO MORE BORDERS, NO MORE TEARS

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Raised by 113 people in 24 months
2016 and winter is approaching fast in Greece where we are preparing to spend the next few months. After spending a year in the refugee camp in Samos island (and the last 3 weeks here in Ireland) It is time to visit some camps along our way back to Samos.  We recall the winter months in Greece last year as we carried victims and survivors from boats and coast lines, working the nightshift with a skeleton crew when NGO's clocked off for the night, walking the port camp in cold, wet windy nights to ensure those without cover had at least blankets, those without food were fed, those in need of medical attention received it and those just arriving were met with support, hope and attention. Sometimes it was just sitting around a campfire to listen to someone in need of a friend.There are now hundreds and hundreds of people stranded on the Greek border and the islands, many have been here  for months. They wait in tents, they build fires to stay warm, and they watch the authorities, armed guards, patrolling the borders in case anyone would dare take the next step to achieving safety or refuge. They face in to another winter of misery, cold, fear, of losing hope in Europe, in mankind, in Humanity. These camps in Greece have little to no infrastructure and will be the first to face the winter. Flooding is common and another hazard to face. Some will no doubt face death, hunger, violence. The Greek Albanian border is hostile in places. Forests with warnings to be alert for bears and wolves, jagged mountains and deep abysses are regularly patrolled. In March, Albanian and Italian police started joint patrols of the border in a bid to stop migrants traveling onward into Europe. Many if not all of those seeking refuge that are now stranded on the border have already gone through one of the Island camps. They have gone through the humiliations we have witnessed in Samos, the lack of information, bad nutrition, uncertainty and inadequate housing. They will already be stressed, unhealthy, exhausted and now face winter in yet another camp.
It has been a long hard Summer for so many but winter, with its cold and its darkness, Christmas in all its loneliness for so many and the prospect of facing into another year of war, conflict, death, fear and hatred is more than some of these people can face.
So, we ask again, in fact we are pleading for one more big effort this year. Our plan is to arrive with just the basics and to make a needs assessment on arrival. We hope to have enough funding to make at least part of the living conditions more bearable. As human rights activists we will protest the living conditions, fight for more forthcoming information and a right to refuge and as humanitarians we will try to improve basic needs and rights.
Please do what you can to help us help them. We , as always, deeply appreciate your support to us over many years and hope these friendships ( new and old ) continue. Thank you.
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Although still smiling their beautiful smiles, our kids here in Samos camp are not merely " Playing " at doing laundry. Their buckets are filled with cold water, detergent and clothes in need of washing which will then be dried thrown over a barbed wire fence
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Tonight tensions and frustrations came to breaking point in the camp, understandably so. Who of us could live in tents,metal containers or on a concrete surface day after day, month after month with no end in sight. Who could look at their wives begging for pampers, for a blanket to sleep on, their children bored, restless, out of school for years at a time. A man , whose dignity is destroyed , who has worked to feed and take good care of his family all his working life, now having to stand in line for inedible food for his family?
The temperatures and humidity here are unbearable. The mosquitoes are biting children's faces and little bodies. There is still no water in the camp each morning. There is one small single tap of drinking water, so again you queue up and wait and wait to fill containers.
At night, mice or cockroaches run over the little bodies of sleeping babies in boxes. Bright lights from security lights flood their tents..those who have tents!
The numbers now are over 1700, that is for a camp originally designed to hold less than 800. It is squalid living conditions for any man, woman or child and yet nothing changes. What we do, which is not enough, but even worse, it is a bandaid to a much bigger problem that is so out of our scope of ability to fix that i sometimes wonder if our efforts are merely empowering those who can fix things to not bother.
So yes! People got angry tonight, the riot squad were brought in, armed and ready... we stayed, of course we did.... but to what avail if anything, when will humanity be worth more than commerce or the business of war?
For the love of people, of humanity and of equality... Someone do something!
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Strollers, coffee, tea, sugar, juice, pots, cups, seeds, nuts...... all ready for tonight's cafe night in Samos camp!
You are more than welcome to follow us for updates or perhaps contribute towards these nights? We would love to know you're in some way sharing these nights with us.
Facebook: No more borders no more tears.
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The love, generosity, solidarity and power of the people who care always inspires me to keep going. If it was not for the goodness of people, so many of our kids here would not have the "Luxury??" ( or more correctly the basic right) of a stroller for sleeping in tonight.
Strollers are NOT provided by any NGO or large organisation here in Samos. They are ONLY provided by us, volunteers, with your support and your donations. Extra thanks goes to Sarah who successfully arranged a large donation this week of strollers, but every single stroller, every single donation and every single share of our posts are so important and so very much appreciated.
Please continue to help...We need you! And a smiling and safer child makes it all worth while!

UPDATE: 117 new arrivals of people seeking and needing refuge to Samos today, including a minimum of 35 children....We still need your help!
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11 months ago

Wish it was more

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14 months ago

Thank you for your dedicated commitment to people in need.

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