Refugee Crisis Europe: Muslim Charity response in Greece

Posted on November 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm.

Since the beginning of the refugee crisis in 2015 Muslim Charity along with its partners has provided assistance to incoming refugees in Lesvos Island and Athens by providing essential items like sleeping bags, canned food along with other humanitarian support. To date thousands of refugees have received humanitarian assistance in Kara Tepe and Moria camps in Lesvos Islands as well as the Oinofyta and Thermopiles refugee camps in Northern Greece.

Muslim Charity distributed sleeping bags, warm clothing and raincoats to Syrian refugees in the Thermopiles refugee camp to support them ahead of the upcoming cold winter months.
Muslim Charity distributed sleeping bags, warm clothing and raincoats to Syrian refugees in the Thermopiles refugee camp to support them ahead of the upcoming cold winter months.

Earlier this month, Muslim Charity invited all of its donors who had contributed to the Refugee Crisis Europe appeal to accompany a Muslim Charity delegation to Greece and oversee the humanitarian work being done thanks to their generous donations. The delegation visited Greece from 1st to 4th November 2016 and alongside visiting the work being doing by Muslim Charity’s partner organisations, a visit to the Oinofyta and Thermopiles refugee camps was conducted where Muslim Charity provided non-food items (sleeping bags, warm clothing, winter raincoats) and other logistical support for the refugees in need.

Muslim Charity has partnered with Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World) in Greece to provide non-food items and medical support to refugees in Greece. At Muslim Charity we understand and appreciate the efforts of the Greek government and civil society organisations in assisting the refugees and people in need despite the difficult economic situation the region finds itself in. As a British charity we are extending our hands of support to Médecins du Monde in their great humanitarian initiatives of provide essential health and other services to meet the needs of people affected by war and crisis.

On Friday 4th November 2016, a joint press conference by Muslim Charity and Médecins du Monde was held at the Islamic Art Museum situated in Central Athens for the Greek and international media.

Speaking at the press conference Mr Kanakis Nikitas (President of Médecins du Monde) stated, “We are greatly appreciative and thankful to Muslim Charity and their donors from the UK who have contributed towards the humanitarian assistance of refugees in Greece. The cooperation between Médecins du Monde and Muslim Charity is not just positive for the refugees but is also important as it breaks the stereotypes growing in Greek society with regards to Muslims and we therefore are proud of this partnership.”

Mr Maroof Pirzada (UK Director of Muslim Charity) commented, “Having visited refugee camps over the past two days, our delegation has heard the harrowing stories of death, torture and terror as refugees with their children and families migrated from war-torn regions in search for safety. From within these stories, we also found sentiments of hope for a better future particularly from the young children and we hope to return to the UK and convey these messages to our donors and stakeholders.”

Although the government of Greece and civil society organisations are making all the efforts, the needs for the protection of refugees and access to services are beyond the available resources. Thousands of refugees are still stranded on Greek islands and there is limited safe and acceptable accommodation to host asylum-seekers pending their decision. With the complete closure of the main Balkan route there is need to provide basic services to the stranded refugees across Greece, therefore, Muslim Charity is making its efforts to raise awareness and funds for the refugees in Greece. Muslim Charity is planning to extend its cooperation with Médecins du Monde to provide primary health care and other necessary services for refugees in the future.

Almost 170,000 refugees have entered Greece this year alone from war-torn countries like Syria. Please click here to donate to Muslim Charity’s Refugee Crisis Europe Appeal and help save lives and dignity.

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SOME PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MUSLIM CHARITY UK DELEGATION
VISIT TO GREECE (1ST TO 4TH NOVEMBER 2016):

Muslim Charity distributed sleeping bags, warm clothing and raincoats to Syrian refugees in the Thermopiles refugee camp to support them ahead of the upcoming cold winter months.
Muslim Charity distributed sleeping bags, warm clothing and raincoats to Syrian refugees in the Thermopiles refugee camp to support them ahead of the upcoming cold winter months.
Theirs are stories of death, torture and terror but their smiles represent hope for the future. Syrian refugees at the Thermopiles refugee camp, Greece.
Theirs are stories of death, torture and terror but their smiles represent hope for the future. Syrian refugees at the Thermopiles refugee camp, Greece.
The volunteer doctors working at the camps are the real unsung heroes of the refugee crisis. This photo is from the Oinofyta refugee camp in which a newborn refugee child was born just 2 weeks ago!
The volunteer doctors working at the camps are the real unsung heroes of the refugee crisis. This photo is from the Oinofyta refugee camp in which a newborn refugee child was born just 2 weeks ago!
Muslim Charity and Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World) jointly organised a press conference at the Islamic Art Museum in Athens to raise awareness and update media representatives on the humanitarian assistance being provided as well as the gaps that remain.
Muslim Charity and Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World) jointly organised a press conference at the Islamic Art Museum in Athens to raise awareness and update media representatives on the humanitarian assistance being provided as well as the gaps that remain.
Watching some disturbing videos made by Syrian refugees of the boat journey from Turkey to Greece. These refuges travelled on a small dinghy boat carrying almost 50 passengers. They chanted Allah's name as they crossed the vicious sea.
Watching some disturbing videos made by Syrian refugees of the boat journey from Turkey to Greece. These refuges travelled on a small dinghy boat carrying almost 50 passengers. They chanted Allah’s name as they crossed the vicious sea.
Dr Bushra Nasreen from Manchester accompanied the delegation as a donor of Muslim Charity to oversee the relief work. Muslim Charity invited all donors of our Refugee Crisis Europe Appeal to participate in the visit and oversee and monitor the work at first hand in order to see the impact of their generous donations.
Dr Bushra Nasreen from Manchester accompanied the delegation as a donor of Muslim Charity to oversee the relief work. Muslim Charity invited all donors of our Refugee Crisis Europe Appeal to participate in the visit to oversee and monitor the work at first hand in order to see the impact of their generous donations.
Listening to the harrowing story of a young family who had to leave their 10 year old son behind in Syria before fleeing the country to embark on the arduous journey to Greece in search of safety and security.
Listening to the harrowing story of a young family who had to leave their 10 year old son behind in Syria before fleeing the country to embark on the arduous journey to Greece in search of safety and security.
Muslim Charity has provided an Emergency Response Vehicle. This vital and life-saving vehicle is being used every day to transport doctors, nurses, health professionals as well as patients and medicine supplies to and from hospitals and is currently dedicated to the Elliniko refugee camp on the outskirts of Athens. The camp houses almost 5,000 refugees in disturbing conditions and this is the only vehicle of its kind currently dedicated to the camp. We heard of the worrying cases of pregnant women giving birth in camps and elderly and child refugees with chronic illnesses who previously had no method of getting to hospitals which are at a distance. Thanks to your donations this Emergency Response Vehicle is saving lives on a daily basis.
Muslim Charity has provided an Emergency Response Vehicle. This vital and life-saving vehicle is being used every day to transport doctors, nurses, health professionals as well as patients and medicine supplies to and from hospitals and is currently dedicated to the Elliniko refugee camp on the outskirts of Athens. The camp houses almost 5,000 refugees in disturbing conditions and this is the only vehicle of its kind currently dedicated to the camp. We heard of the worrying cases of pregnant women giving birth in camps and elderly and child refugees with chronic illnesses who previously had no method of getting to hospitals which are at a distance. Thanks to your donations this Emergency Response Vehicle is saving lives on a daily basis.
Children are children. They did not do anything to deserve a life in refugee camps. We met some children as young as 8 who were speaking English, Arabic and Greek and were full of hope and passion for a prosperous future!
Children are children. They did not do anything to deserve a life in refugee camps. We met some children as young as 8 who were speaking English, Arabic and Greek and were full of hope and passion for a prosperous future!
A temporary community school at the Oinofyta refugee camp teaching languages and science to young children. The hugely inspiring teacher herself is a volunteer from amongst the refugees.
A temporary community school at the Oinofyta refugee camp teaching languages and science to young children. The hugely inspiring teacher herself is a volunteer from amongst the refugees.
Muslim Charity and Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World) jointly organised a press conference at the Islamic Art Museum in Athens to raise awareness and update media representatives on the humanitarian assistance being provided as well as the gaps that remain.
Muslim Charity and Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World) jointly organised a press conference at the Islamic Art Museum in Athens to raise awareness and update media representatives on the humanitarian assistance being provided as well as the gaps that remain.
Muslim Charity has provided an Emergency Response Vehicle. This vital and life-saving vehicle is being used every day to transport doctors, nurses, health professionals as well as patients and medicine supplies to and from hospitals and is currently dedicated to the Elliniko refugee camp on the outskirts of Athens. The camp houses almost 5,000 refugees in disturbing conditions and this is the only vehicle of its kind currently dedicated to the camp. We heard of the worrying cases of pregnant women giving birth in camps and elderly and child refugees with chronic illnesses who previously had no method of getting to hospitals which are at a distance. Thanks to your donations this Emergency Response Vehicle is saving lives on a daily basis.
Muslim Charity has provided an Emergency Response Vehicle. This vital and life-saving vehicle is being used every day to transport doctors, nurses, health professionals as well as patients and medicine supplies to and from hospitals and is currently dedicated to the Elliniko refugee camp on the outskirts of Athens. The camp houses almost 5,000 refugees in disturbing conditions and this is the only vehicle of its kind currently dedicated to the camp. We heard of the worrying cases of pregnant women giving birth in camps and elderly and child refugees with chronic illnesses who previously had no method of getting to hospitals which are at a distance. Thanks to your donations this Emergency Response Vehicle is saving lives on a daily basis.
Delivery of sleeping bags, warm clothing and raincoats generously funded by UK donors for the Syrian refugees living at the Thermopiles refugee camp. In the coming weeks and months as winter temperature drops, these donations will be a lifeline for the women and children, especially those still residing in tents and without any heating.
Delivery of sleeping bags, warm clothing and raincoats generously funded by UK donors for the Syrian refugees living at the Thermopiles refugee camp. In the coming weeks and months as winter temperature drops, these donations will be a lifeline for the women and children, especially those still residing in tents and without any heating.
Despite the difficulties of the past, refugees still have hope in a better future. Let us be that hope for them. Please donate generously to Muslim Charity's Refugee Crisis Europe Appeal.
Despite the difficulties of the past, refugees still have hope in a better future. Let us be that hope for them. Please donate generously to Muslim Charity’s Refugee Crisis Europe Appeal.