Monthly Archives: February 2016

Eidomeni Crisis

As most of you have seen, Eidomeni is in a very sad state at the moment due to the closing of the borders.  Greece is being left alone (by the EU and the WORLD) to help thousands of thousands of desperate people and families.

There are horrific events happening all over the world, and maybe I’m biased to this situation because I have been to Eidomeni, met these refugees, and grew a strong sympathy for their stories.  Maybe it is because I love Europe, and Greece in particular, and I am ashamed at how the rest of the EU is handling this situation.

It is all infuriating, sad and SHAMEFUL.  However, I am beyond grateful for the Greek, English, American, Austrian, Egyptian, and several other international VOLUNTEERS who continue to stay at the frontline giving any and every possible comfort and aid to the people stuck in limbo.  Specifically, the frontline of Eidomeni where only TODAY children, women, and men were tear gassed after several cold days and nights of waiting, hoping for the borders to reopen.

Please continue to help me get back to work alongside my friends and to be able to provide a donation to Oikopolis who not only host my beloved Refugee Solidarity Movement Thessaloniki group but also organize several distribution factors (food, clothing, and various other supplies) to the refugees at Eidomeni.

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Σιγά, σιγά

Inspired by an amazing friend’s post today who has worked in the refugee crisis for several months:

Lots going on at Eidomeni right now as the the rules continue to change with the whim of a phone call or official letter. “Close the borders for that specific group of people.” Who have travelled so far and for so long only to get to a barbed wire fence and intimidating military police blocking the entry.

The most infuriating and frustrating thing about this repeating scenario (it happened in my time there when it was decided to only let Syrian, Iraqis, and Afghan citizens through the FYROM border) has been the lack of a “plan B.” The people who make these rules have no regard for the thousands of lives that these decisions affect. The thousands of lives of the refugees AND also the volunteers who are then overwhelmed in hosting/providing adequate supplies for the people stuck at the camp.
“Siga, siga…σιγά-σιγά.”

“Slowly, slowly….”

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