The Ongoing Need to Resource Refugees

Refugees and asylum seekers on Greece’s Lesvos Island are enduring unimaginable emotional and physical turmoil as conditions there are reaching a new level of crisis. The major camp, Moria, has been overwhelmed by numbers, this year. Thousands upon thousands who have fled the nightmare of war have given their all to get to this island in the hope that here they would be safe and see their lives start over.  The reality, however, is heartbreakingly different. The hopelessly overcrowded camp is seeing suffering beyond anything they could have guessed. That is being felt across the UK, we found, this year, with people making contact to see if their gifts could make a strategic difference.

There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.

Plastic is one of the greatest enemies facing our planet today. So is conflict. We watch both do their worst and agonies, looking for areas to help ‘right the wrong’ in any way we can.

When, therefore, a company called up our UK office offering a massive donation of plastic items for families, children in particular, we were delighted on both counts. They were brand new, carefully designed for young ones at various stages of development: bowls, bottles, trainer cups, soothers, cutlery safe for children. Literally thousands of units were on offer. We immediately thought of the many thousands of asylum seekers who had fled war zones with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Such plastic items would fill a critical need for them in the camps and even be useful, travelling with them, if/when they are moved on to be re-settled: gifts that would keep on giving.

Annie Leonard was right when she said “There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere.” Where better than to give such goods to people whose lives can be equipped as a result?

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