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Disaster in Moria: In a devastating fire the refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos was completely destroyed. Over 12,000 people are affected. Our long-standing partner organization is on site and coordinates first aid measures.

Help the people in Moria now: Donate now for Greece!

“I want my children to go to school and grow up in a free environment. There’s no going back for us.” says Ferahnouz, 33, a mother of three children from Afghanistan.
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What is the situation like in Greece?

Forgotten by Europe

In 2019 the number of refugees arriving in Greece increased once more. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled war and persecution in their home countries and tried to reach Central Europe in recent years. There they hoped to live in safety. But the closure of the Balkan route in early 2016 has left tens of thousands of refugees stranded in Greece. Overnight, poorly equipped temporary refugee camps have become permanent homes for countless families.

41,000 refugees are currently stranded in camps on the Aegean islands alone, although there is only room for 7,500 people. Hygiene in the refugee camps is often catastrophic.

The need is huge on the mainland as well: currently, over 74,000 refugees are living there. Many of them are homeless and feel left alone. In order for the Greek population to meet the enormous challenge and to succeed in supporting and integrating the refugees, Greece depends on the solidarity of the other European countries.

How is Help helping in Greece?

Shelter for refugee women and children

For refugee women and children, fear is a constant companion. In the completely overcrowded refugee camps in Greece, they repeatedly become victims of violence and sexual assault. Mosaico House, founded by Help, offered single women and their children a safe home.

Help also supported house residents in accessing public bodies and the authorities, hospitals and schools. At Mosaico House, refugees found the basic essentials that they need, as well as protection and psychosocial counselling. Together with the refugees, language courses and other integration workshops were organised and creative childcare was provided. With Mosaico House in the centre of Athens, Help created safe accommodation where refugees lead lives of dignity in an urban environment.

Unfortunately the Mosaico House had to be closed in 2020. However, after the terrible fire catastrophe in the refugee camp Moria, Help supports the emergency aid of our long-standing partner organisation "Greek Council for Refugees".

Donors and partners:  ADH (Aktion Deutschland Hilft), GCR (Greek Council for Refugees)

+++ As of July 2020, there are no projects in Greece. Donations will be forwarded to our long-standing partner organisation. +++

Finally able to hope again

Fourouzan (33) and her daughter, Elena (13), fled violence and terror in Afghanistan. Their journey was traumatising. When they arrived in Greece, they were both in very poor physical and mental health. It was only when they reached Mosaico House that they finally felt safe again. They regained their strength, their health improved, and Elena found the courage to face life again. Fourouzan says: “I see so much good here; they really care for us.”

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Facts and Figures

      • Over 28,500 refugees arrived in Greece via the Mediterranean in 2018
      • For comparison: 856,000 refugees arrived in 2015
      • Most of the refugees come from Syria (26 per cent), Afghanistan (25.1 per cent) and Iraq (19.3 per cent)
      • Around 64,900 refugees are stranded in Greece (09/2018)

      Quellen: OCHA, WFP

      Help founded the Mosaico House in Athens which was a safe home for 36 women and children. Before this, Help improved the living conditions of around 22,000 refugees in main and transit accommodation, distributed shopping vouchers to 5,000 refugees, ran courses for around 2,300 people and provided advice on asylum law to around 2,900 asylum seekers and their relatives.

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      Emergency aid for refugee families

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      Do you have any questions about our work in Greece?
      Simone Walter
      will be happy to help you:
      +49(0)228 91529-39