Current status of crisis
|Souda camp "overspill" - tents just pitched on the beach...|
|In the shadow of Chios castle ruins|
|The daily board|
Clothing packs are made up for new refugees who arrived in the last 48 hours and the Children’s Centre gets restocked with clothes and shoes (when there are enough in the warehouse). The Port Hut (where the refugees are brought after a landing) is restocked and specific volunteers go off to man the Children’s Centre and Language school. Clothes and essential items are taken to Souda camp for distribution and large vats of tea are made for the afternoon chai session (originally set up in the winter when the weather was really cold to give the refugees the opportunity to have a warming drink, it proved so popular that it continues to be a daily ritual).
|Drag marks from a boat on a popular sandy tourist beach|
|4am - once everyone has dry socks and clothes they shelter under a blanket and try to get some sleep before a bus arrives at 8am to take them to the camp for registration.|
And finally Pothiti. She is just amazing. Her spirit, her enthusiasm, her ability to get everyone motivated and to keep going even when exhausted. CESRT would not exist without her, both as a founder but also as the continued driving force.
|Drawn by 4 year old Haba. Can you guess which person is me?!|
And of all those people only 5 (five!!!) had a lifejacket. For crossing a rough sea in the dark of night. Our kids wear a lifejacket in the Center Parcs pool! Most refugees have just stopped buying lifejackets before the crossing as they know they are fake (often they contain cardboard rather than anything remotely buoyant) and so are more dangerous than having nothing.
And just in case you're looking for a summer holiday destination... beautiful Chios, go and support their tourist ecomony!