Refugees in Lesbos

As waves of people con­tin­ue to ar­rive onto Greece’s shores, the In­ter­na­tion­al Res­cue Com­mit­tee is ramp­ing up its re­sponse on the is­land of Les­bos, the entry point for more than half of the refugees seek­ing sanc­tu­ary in Europe. The IRC is ship­ping 12,000 WakaWaka Powers to aid in the re­lief ef­forts bring­ing crit­ic­ally-needed safe light to refugees and help­ing them stay con­nec­ted to their loved ones. The WakaWaka Power is an es­sen­tial non-food item for people flee­ing crisis or emer­gency situ­ations.

The IRC also provides pro­tec­tion and in­form­a­tion ser­vices 12 hours a day in the Kara Te­pe trans­it camp out­side Myti­lene, the cap­it­al of Lebos. The camp, built to ac­com­mod­ate 500 people, has housed up to 5,000. IRC teams not only as­sist with re­gis­tra­tion ser­vices but also identi­fy and provide the most vul­ner­able with ser­vices like wheel­chairs for the eld­erly and re­fer­ring sick chil­dren to the hos­pit­al. The IRC has also in­stalled street­lights to im­prove safety con­di­tions.