About Valerie Hellermann

Valerie works endlessly toward her lifetime goal: To build a stronger, healthier, equitable and peaceful global community.

Mar 6: Today was an easy day . . . tomorrow is our last.

By |2019-03-07T21:58:15+00:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Today was an easy day. Many of the refugees had to renew their cards. Our sweet nurse from Cameroon, Susie, suddenly got a call from the UN immigration office. We were on pins and needles until she returned and said she is being transferred to the mainland TOMORROW. Such short notice. She is excited and nervous. [...]

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Mar 5: Refugees started drumming, then singing and there was an atmosphere of JOY. So great!

By |2019-03-06T22:56:23+00:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Today the sun was shining again. It makes such a difference. Mark did more ultrasounds in the tent and there were some with significant findings. They get referred to the clinic and hopefully will eventually get treatment. As I have said before, the system is so broken. But in defense of Greece, this small island [...]

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Mar 4: Ask yourself, “What can I do?”

By |2019-03-05T23:48:43+00:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

The jungle medical clinic ultrasound’s battery ran out today. We were able to do about 7. Today we saw a couple from Nepal who have been here for 8 months and are the only Nepalese in the camp. They speak very little English. She is pregnant. Ohhh, so isolated - along with the horrible conditions [...]

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Mar 3: Today was mental health day . . . horrific stories of witnessing murder, imprisonment and torture.

By |2019-03-04T16:52:19+00:00March 3rd, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

The jungle medical camp has become a small refuge for the people. They come with their health issues but also for attention and recognition. We see predominantly Africans who are so marginalized. Over and over we hear how they feel people don’t like them, they feel they are treated like dogs. Officials have told them they [...]

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Mar 1: “… these refugees are truly our brothers and sisters. We are all a part of the human family.”

By |2019-03-02T22:19:57+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Today the sun shined all day. It was warm and people gathered outside at the jungle medical camp. They sat around having our ginger tea and talking, some laughter was heard. Oh, the healing power of the sun!!!! On the way this morning Riikka and I found the truck selling oranges. We bought 25 kg of [...]

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Feb 28: Another day in the jungle – thank you for your donations.

By |2019-03-01T02:01:53+00:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Another day in the jungle. Today Georgia and Marcia joined the jungle team. It was a women’s day and we also saw many minors. These young boys really break my heart. Their faces are so pained. Many are vot [victlms of torture] and have endured beatings. They are alone. None are with family. Many have [...]

Feb 27: Medicine and supplies are running low – please help & DONATE today!

By |2019-03-02T22:20:35+00:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: DONATE NOW!, donation, Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Especially challenging day today. We saw about 7 young men, all minors aged 16 and 17. They are here alone, escaping bad situations in their country, most of them VOT (victims of torture). They are supposed to be protected and sheltered away from the general population but these boys are camped in the jungle in [...]

Feb 26: “They are dedicated to helping themselves and their fellow refugees.”

By |2019-02-26T18:59:55+00:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Our jungle medical camp today: The sun was shining but the cold wind was blowing. We saw 70 people today. Many, many VOT. Victims of Torture. Many just sick from the conditions and untreated chronic illnesses. Saw 3 women today with history of sexual violence. Raped in Turkey on the journey to freedom. The van [...]

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Feb 26: “Here there is a feeling of depressed desperation.”

By |2019-02-26T19:01:10+00:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Another cold and rainy day but the jungle clinic saw over 60 patients. One woman who had pneumonia was in the camp for 2 months and had NO COAT. She came in with a fever coughing and shivering so badly she couldn’t use her hands. We got her inside our van and Riikka made a [...]

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Feb 25: “It is an emotional roller coaster here.”

By |2019-02-26T18:03:35+00:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Yesterday was such a busy day. I came back to the Airbnb and planned on an hour rest . . . I slept in my clothes until 2 am. It is an emotional roller coaster here. The refugees we are seeing are all from Africa. They are so grateful. They are treated terribly in every way. [...]

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