Sea of Human Suffering

Our directors visited Lesvos Island on a recce trip there and told us, afterwards, they found it impossible to describe the pain they had encountered: what they termed a ‘sea of human suffering’.  “Each life we encountered had a story too deep, and too painful, to be communicated,” they told us, “and the heartbreak was that here, in the place the refugees hoped would give them safety, they remained at risk.” One of the major challenges is the massive overcrowding in the camps, Moria particularly. Designed to hold just over 2,200 people, it was hosting as many as 10,000 at a time this year. “One of the saddest sights,” our directors reported, “was the line of people waiting for medical help, knowing that the clinics had too few staff and very little medicine. It was heart-breaking to have conversations in which we could sense the sheer helplessness of both those who are sick and those who long to give them much-needed care.

We were therefore delighted when hundreds of high quality mosquito nets were offered in the UK through Global Hand. Mosquito borne illness is just one of many that quickly gain ground under conditions like these and it was strategic to see nets delivered into the heart of the camp to help combat the spread of debilitating disease.

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