Mediterranean Refugee Crisis Medic
I feel so privileged to have been part of this project. What an amazing group of people came together to make this happen, all of them volunteers wanting to make a difference. Doctors, nurses, paramedics and just plain hardworking, clever and resourceful people who wanted to help. So many new dear friends I’ve lost count.
During our growth of the past few weeks thousands of refugees have passed through Moria Camp. On our busiest days we’ve cared for more than 150 patients. Everything from respiratory infections to wound care to trying to sort out complicated chronic illnesses and everything in between. All while fighting our way through ridiculous politics that complicated and often hindered care.
The people we cared for have been through things most of us can’t begin to comprehend. Scarred bodies and souls that will never heal. I witnessed the results of barbarous acts every day. On those same days though I witnessed equally beautiful acts. An old man with pneumonia wrapped in a blanket and huddled over a tiny campfire offering me a piece of bread. It wasn’t the only time I was offered food while walking around camp. People grateful for the smallest act of kindness. Family reunions when it was feared they may never see each other again. A concerned person guiding us through the dark to a stranger they were worried about. An endless stream of refugees volunteering their time to translate in our medical tent. Some of them staying extra days in the camp to help when they could have moved along on their journeys.
It will be a long time before I absorb the experiences of the past few weeks. So much to take away from my time at Moria Camp.
I’m considering returning sometime this winter if the need in Moria continues. If not there then some other place. Unfortunately there are many other locations in need as well.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who donated money and offered words of support. The donations paid my way here and supported me while I did this work. Everyone I worked with was a volunteer and not only paid their own way but also had to take time off from paying jobs. Without a dedicated group of volunteers working outside Moria Camp there would have been thousands of people with no access to healthcare. Thank you all for helping to make this happen.