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ActionAid launches urgent refugee response in Athens

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ActionAid has launched an urgent refugee response programme in Athens in response to the escalating crisis in the Greek capital.

The programme will focus on providing support to the most vulnerable women and children in the camps of Schisto and Skaramaga, where 5,000 refugees are currently living.

Mike Noyes, Head of Humanitarian Response at ActionAid, said:

“Over the past few years, Greece has become the epicentre of the refugee crisis in Europe. The country has become a safe haven for the thousands of refugees, many of them women and children, who have fled conflict and violence and spent many more months travelling in treacherous and unacceptable conditions to reach safety in Europe.

“However, rather than welcoming these people into our continent, Europe has instead shut its borders and made a discredited deal with Turkey that is potentially illegal.

“ActionAid has seen first-hand the impact these conditions are having on the thousands of women and children currently trapped in Greece. In Athens, reports show a bleak picture, a camp where conditions are poor and food is limited. 

“Our new programme will focus on the needs of these women and children, offering vital support at a time when they need it most. However without European political will and action there will be no way out for them. ActionAid is calling for a new deal for refugees and their urgent resettlement in the UK and other European countries.”

ActionAid’s programme in Athens will focus on:

  • the development of support teams to educate and provide information to the refugee women about their rights in Greece and the EU
  • creative activities that aim to improve their skills support of the most vulnerable women with psychosocial support with specialized psychologists and social workers; 
  • and the distribution of necessary items that the refugees have asked for to improve their lives in the camps.

Since 2013, ActionAid has been working on the refugee crisis in Lebanon and Jordan, with further programme work opening up on the island of Lesvos in 2015 where we run women’s friendly centres and provide vital items and psychosocial support to women.

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For more information please contact Cora Bauer on (0)203 122 0767 or at cora.bauer@actionaid.org