This is an important message from the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees.
Solidarity from Scotland to refugees in Greece
A delegation of 3 committee members from the ‘Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees’ will visit Athens and Lesvos in mid-September.
We want to meet the local volunteers who are helping the refugees. We intend to spend a few days assisting them. In Athens many refugees are living on the streets and in the parks.
Local people are attempting to sort safe and more weather proof shelter for them before winter. On Lesvos many boats are still turning up daily with exhausted, hungry, wet refugees including many women, young children and babies. They have survived hours at sea on rickety boats having fled war zones such as Syria.
Over the past 4 months a number of boats have capsized before reaching the shore and many have drowned. This is the biggest refugee crisis since the second World War and at the moment European governments are not providing adequate help. Ordinary people in Greece have been providing huge amounts of solidarity, often despite their own poverty.
We wish to take money with us to assist their efforts and we also want to forge lasting links with people and organisations locally. We want to continue to help, because this crisis is not likely to go away in the near future.
We are paying our own expenses. All money raised will go directly to help the refugees. We will provide updates on the trip and further work, as well as hold public meetings when we return. The GCtWR has existed for 15 years and is funded by donations from individuals fundraising events and a number of trade union branches.
Please click on the link below to contribute through Crowdfunder to refugees in Greece.
The delegation from Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees is going at their own expense, to Athens and Lesvos to deliver support and report back on what is going on there.
The delegation consists of Pinar Aksu, Amal Azzudin and Margaret Woods.
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