Greece To Macedonia

Sometimes I can not believe what I am seeing…

This is our amazing friend Phoebe. She’s part of a human chain of people helping refugees cross a river from Greece into Macedonia.

This tiny baby leaves Phoebe’s embrace, into the arms of another volunteer, as it’s mother struggles behind, with no choice but to put her ultimate trust, her child’s life, into the hand’s of these kind strangers.

The refugees crossing are part of a group who had reached breaking point at the camp in Idomeni (where the official border from Greece to Macedonia is now shut). Instead of growing hungrier, weaker and more desperate by the day, they decided they could not wait any longer and crossed the border through the water…

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I haven’t written much about Idomeni this last couple of weeks as reports have been too harrowing, and I haven’t felt emotionally ready to take it on board with everything happening in Calais. However we have been supporting the incredible work of another friend Matt (on the right in this picture, helping a family as they fall into the water), by sending the money for a vehicle to be used for food distribution.

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Thousands of people have hit a dead end in Idomeni now the border is closed, and people say it is fast becoming the new Jungle…

Anyway, back to today…

These pictures show women, children, babies, elderly and disabled, desperately risking everything for the chance of safety.

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Devastatingly, three people are reported to have died attempting this crossing today.

I swear…you could not make this shit up. It’s like a horror film… a never-ending one.

How is this happening!? In Europe? How will we explain this to our children and grandchildren?

Thank god there are people like Phoebe in the world, and like Matt. People driven by love. People who stand up for each other when things aren’t fair. People who put lives in front of politics, and imaginary borders. People who aren’t ruled by fear or prejudice. People that are brave. Really really brave.

Thank you Phoebe, and Matt, and all the other volunteers and refugees alike who shine the light for humanity. Thank you for working for 20 hours a day, knee deep in water, and still having an encouraging smile to give those in the midst of this terror. Thank you for continuing to believe, to know, that we are all the same, that the world is our home, and that we all deserve our equal share.

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