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

By | 2019-02-26T19:01:10+00:00 February 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 [...]

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

By | 2019-02-26T18:03:35+00:00 February 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. [...]

Feb 24: Thank all of you for ”loving him without knowing him.”

By | 2019-02-26T18:04:03+00:00 February 24th, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Spent yesterday organizing, preparing meds, wound care. Alex, our refugee coordinator, organized a meeting with some camp leaders. These folks are refugees. They are eager to help us and figured out a system that they will manage to keep crowds under control and ensure our safety. They shared their stories and their frustrations at being [...]

Feb 22: Welcome to “The Jungle”

By | 2019-02-23T19:52:21+00:00 February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

We are here on a beautiful Greek island setting up to work outside a refugee camp in “the jungle“ -  the overflow of 4,500 people. The conditions are appallingly terrible. People are living in small tents, some have tarps, most don’t. There are only three porta potties so people are urinating and defecating in plastic bottles. [...]

Feb 19: Hands on Global is on their way to Samos, Greece!

By | 2019-02-23T00:29:02+00:00 February 19th, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Our Hands On Global team is heading to Samos Island, Greece on FEB 20th. We had a medication packing party at my house and now have six 50 lb. bags of medicine ~  all ready to go. We have a portable exam table packed up, a portable ultrasound, a nebulizer and Marcia just called from [...]

Nov 20: November Update from Lesbos

By | 2018-12-02T18:56:42+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Moria Refugee Project - November UPDATE Winter has set in on Lesbos Island Greece. With it has come torrential rains and cold. Many of the refugees at the MORIA REFUGEE CAMP are living in tents and shelters made of tarps. Their tents and tarp shelters are wet. The electricity has gone out many times. They [...]

Nov 6: What will it take to turn the tide?

By | 2018-11-07T23:24:16+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Our last day in Moria. It was busy, we saw 105 patients. Not much time to think about it being the last day. My day started with a young man, maybe 24, injured in a fight last night, he had been sent to the hospital, he had sutures on his chin, a broken jaw and a [...]

Nov 5: Feeling sad to leave and determined to return soon.

By | 2018-11-06T16:34:59+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Monday - today as we turned onto the road to the camp there was a police check post. Then, as we entered the camp there was a heavy police presence. I found out later in the day that they were looking for refugees who were to be deported. When their asylum is denied many ( 50 [...]

Nov 4: The work is hard, but difficult to leave

By | 2018-11-06T15:21:23+00:00 November 4th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Sunday and back to work. This clinic is the only medical provider open on Sunday. There were many sick kids today. I worry because when the cold weather comes they are so vulnerable and the MSF vaccination campaign is still on hold. This little guy in the photo, 4 years old from Iraq, was smiling all [...]

Nov 3: So many similarities . . .

By | 2018-11-05T04:03:01+00:00 November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Ahhh Saturday ~ our day off. We all met for a long leisurely breakfast at Melis, our favorite coffee juice bar. I have become addicted to fresh squeezed green apple juice. We went in different directions. Scott ran 7 miles. He is recovered and back to marathon training for the Athens Marathon he will run on [...]