During the scheduled visit of Alexis Tsipras and Martin Schulz to Lesvos, the reality coincidentaly appeared this time more dramatic than expected, and nude… go to our Photo Album News udate
On November 5th the Municipality of Lesvos and Mayor Spyros Galinos organised a solemn ceremony for sharing the grief and praying for the innocent victims of the “Aegean crime”more
41 refugees castaways were noticed by the Coast Guard on the uninhabited island Panaghia, Virgin Mary, one of the islets Tokmakia east coast of Lesvos Mandamados, while still the dramatic shipwreck of the 300 migrants on October 28 in this sea keeps the nightmare alive. see more
Jean Claude Juncker still "does not understand" The President of European Commission expressed his surprise and his dissatisfaction about Greece’s reactions on his suggestion for joint patrols in the Aegean Sea.
“I suggested, and came across with strong reactions, Greeks and Turks to form together a coastguard which will patrol the sea areas between Turkey and the Greek islands. Turks agree, Greeks don’t,” he mentioned adding “should we fight over for a sea area of 10 kilometers wide, who is responsible and where or should we try to save human lives?”more
The European Union wants leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies to also help tackle a growing migration crisis when they meet in Turkey this month to discuss tax cooperation, trade and climate change.
EU Chairman Donald Tusk and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker will push
at the November 15-16 meeting for a global response..
"The government's aim is to highlight in its meetings the role of Greece as a frontline country in defense of #Solidarity and humanism, on behalf of the whole of Europe," government's sources have said announcing the President's.and the PM's visit to the island. And this is not irrelevant with the Lesvos islands' candidacy or becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2021.more
Refugees’ support is our Culture in Greece, and Values
“Despite continuous economic and social pressures faced by Greece, public opinion has been supportive and positive towards refugees in a manner consistent with our culture and values. Our officers, often under pressure, showed humanity and always respected international law and fundamental European values,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said during a speech at the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Luxembourg on Friday. find more
Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Terens Quick visiting Lesbos next to the President of Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos, on November 8th, 2015, fro the 103rd anniversary since the island’s liberation from Ottoman Turks
Empathy eases the wounds, bridges the borders and crosses the hearts on the new Culture of Giving, simply spontaneously.#Solidarity's original Greek version found its emblematic figure on the nanny-yiayia . "We had no idea!!" they simply answered, hearing that their photo has been popped among the top (virals) worldwide. " We feel the pain, they explain. We are also refugees' kids" . In any case, their gesture would be unquestionably the same, under the camera's eyes or no human eyes. Just the eyes of soul. From human to human. find more
We thank Nayia the Greek!
just for being part of our world these days . October 18, 2015
"The Prime Minister's statement that Lesvos is a"different face of Europe, the face of solidarity" is a moral vindication to anyone who contributed to the trust that now has been left in Lesvos by the tremendous efforts of the vast majority of the local community, that straightly express the principles of European enlighten
ment and the activation of a broad movement of solidarity",...
SYRIZA governing Party, October 8
Scottish Foreign Minister MSP Humza Yousaf vows to help refugees after solidarity mission in Lesbos leaves him shaken “It is even worse than I thought. It is impossible to step back from this. “It is heartbreaking. The woman who collapsed, she could be my sister. We have a moral obligation to help.’’
Yousaf is in Lesbos in a demonstration of #solidarity from Scotland, he says, to send a message of compassion from the people of his country.
Here's a rough guide to the modern world: More efficiency, less humanity. Technology is principally at the service of productivity. Acts of irrational grace are not its thing. They have no algorithm.
Greece has made me think about everything statistics don’t tell you. No European country has been as battered in recent years. No European country has responded with as much consistent humanity to the refugee crisis, more
“Greece has made me think about everything statistics don’t tell you. No European country has been as battered in recent years.
No European country has responded with as much consistent humanity to the refugee crisis
...by the NYT 21/9/2015
Since the very first moments that the crisis hit the island of Lesbos , Port of Mytilini, residents cooking for the migrants, April 2015
..." It has become daily routine for the local fisherman to roam the
island’s northern waters on the lookout for migrants in danger.
“I live here, and while the boats come, I can’t stop helping,” he says. “Whenever you might be present on a situation like this, you can’t stop. When the refugees are in trouble, you hear their voices first, screaming for help. Duing all night , the light from lighters being lit by them are on... We find them often overboard in the water trying to swim,” fisherman Pikeris,40, from Lesbos had said to USA Today, October 8, find that
that left the earth...
Papa Stratis is still alive in our hearts, still present in any corner of this island which constantly demands our humanism and giving spirit. Everyone knows him, too many of those ready-to-help have met him. He has created first the AGALIA, THE HUG NGO, ,by making HIMSELF THE PARADIGM OF a Hug in real open, to anyone that might need it around. Papa Stratis passed away on the days the whole world noticed the Lesbos drama and Lesbos' Empahty by the thousands of humans crosssing their lives for life..... more
Karagiannakis only knew a few words in English but was able to communicate with one of the leaders of the group.
“we weren’t able to communicate because I only spoke Greek and they spoke Arabic, but I could see the hunger, pain and suffering in their eyes.” "The refugees were scared and hungry and many of the children were crying constantly".....
He left the refugees and headed to his farm and started milking his goats, filling buckets of fresh milk and returning over an hour later to offer the refugee children some nourishment.
“we weren’t able to communicate because I only spoke Greek and they spoke Arabic, but I could see the hunger, pain and suffering in their eyes.”
Is unity worth it?
After all, this is the same European Union that only three years ago won the Nobel Peace Prize for its half century of efforts in molding former enemies into a tight political bloc where reconciliation was an article of faith, and ever-tighter union almost a foregone conclusion....
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"Your example is one of civilization and humanity. Lesbos has been the “sleepless and tireless” guardian of Greek borders at a critical time for Europe“ said Prokopis Pavlopoulos visiting the island on November 8th, 2015, on the 103rd anniversary since the island’s liberation from Ottoman Turks. " And until Europe makes its decisions, the weight falls on your shoulders but also the praise for what you do.” the President of Greece underlined. Find that
By Maria Papapanagiotou
Being at the crossroads of cultures and religions and a bridge between three Continents we are proud of the initiative of raising awareness of the issue of protection of ethnic and religious communities in the Middle East through the facilitation of interfaith dialogue for supporting the religious and cultural pluralism that has been present in the region for at least 2,500 years.
“Even now in this difficult economic situation for the country, we feel obliged to take care of the refugees who arrive on the shores of our country,” stressed the Prime Minister.... more
the heroic knitting of a whole Greek female generation of those time that had been called-to-action by a national campaign during World War ii, is transformed and revived 75 years later to a refugee volunteer initiative .... find that
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