Updates on the arrivals to Agathonisi , Greek island, yesterday, Friday 18th March
The refugees that arrived in Agathonisi this morning, from Syria and Eritrea, arrived extremely wet and extremely distressed. Many have been badly beaten by the Turkish coast guard.
This is what happened last night, early hours of the morning. On arrival to Agathonisi, many had cuts and bruises. All were soaking wet and very distressed. All are sleeping now, fretful sleep over todays news and what lies ahead…We wait to see what tonight brings.
Although still wounded and fragile, the refugees in Agathonisi have now had two hot meals today and the children are happily drinking milk and munching on chocolate biscuits. All have blankets, dry socks and underwear, nappies wipes, water juice etc…and MSF are tending to all medical needs. We wait to find out when they will be transferred to Samos.
Saturday 19th March
We had breakfast in our apartment this morning with one of these families. The father of the young girl in the video ( sitting alone) wept openly as they recalled what happened and the distress etched on the face of his young daughter. These are parents trying to better a life for their young families, they are not pawns in some political game of chess and are certainly not ” for trade”.
Thank you to all who allow us to support them, and we ask for your support to continue.Our paypal link is still the irish in Gaza account, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much, Derek and Jenny.
More refugees arrived here last night, thankfully all safe.