As tensions rose in the camp and in the town just before Christmas the local population sometimes find it very difficult to be housing so many displaced people. Unfortunately it resulted in a few skirmishes which led to the main warehouse holding tents, sleeping bags, blankets and clothes being burnt to the ground. This was extremely bad timing as the heavens opened and the people arriving on the island over the Christmas period couldn’t even be given a tent to sleep in. As volunteers we have to realise we cannot help everyone, what we can do is make sure the world is aware of what is happening right on their doorstep.
On the upside, there seems to be a large number of refugees who have been granted an open card in the last couple of weeks. This means they will be allowed to travel to other areas of Greece. Many will go to Athens in the hope that they are one step nearer to being given European Passports so that they can go and begin a new life somewhere safe!
Having had torrential rain for three days the town of Samos is sodden, and so is everyone here. The centre where we meet the refugees is a good 10 minute walk from the camp. We can only imagine what it must be like to arrive back at your tent soaking wet. With no electric to dry your clothes I can only hope they have enough dry blankets to keep warm for the night.
I am already realising that hot water bottles might be a sought after item, but of course they would have to get hot water during the day and so it won’t still be hot when they need it at night. Is there another solution, maybe a thermos flask is a better solution so they can make a hot drink before bed ….. ideas welcome please.
The homeopathic clinic is going well in it’s first few days. I have been helping people coughs and colds, ear infections, UTI’s, arthritis and parasite infections. I am also putting together a talk about natural health and hygiene to help people do whatever they can to stay healthy during this difficult time.