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For most of us the world seems full of important issues and over the death of iconic stars we start to forget the drama that still goes on in the refugee camps in Europe, the Balkan and the Mediterranean. I, too, have been busy with my life, my family and my book stuff and allowed my attention drift to other and admittedly less important issues.
Meanwhile lives are at stake and humanity suffers due to the lack of our and media attention. The lower numbers of refugees and border closures make some of us think that the problem is over, but many people are now stuck, separated from family and country and in legal limbos.
Check out this note from Facebook which pulled me right back in:
Missing 14 year old Afghan boy in mainland Greece, his mother is in Sweden and is father stuck in Chios.
We are not sure how they got separated yet.
My friend Rando Wagner relentlessly marches on in his efforts for our fellow human beings. After spending time in Serbia and Macedonia to distribute food and clothes he just drove a van to Paris to hand out 1000 donated sleeping bag to people sleeping rough:
“Just heading back after meeting wondrous volunteers to hand out sleeping bags to the refugees in Paris!! Shocking scenes…
…how grateful they were. Notrouble, (I) felt very safe … hoping for change! My volunteer work with the homeless has made me very receptive and comfortable in this confused environment. I felt very proud tonight to be part of this movement of love! Crazy times!”
And here is another shocking headline from the Guardian:
Refugee babies detained on Greek island ‘not getting adequate milk’
Asylum seekers being held in detention centre allege babies under six months old are being given just 100ml of milk a day
Rando’s immediate response:
“Guys and especially ladies with small children, you must be able to feel the horror these mother’s are living through more than the rest of us, if you want to support my friend Leslie, who will head out to Chios soon to get milk to those poor little ones, please donate to my GOFUNDME and reference the donation ‘CHIOS’.
I will then give the funds directly to Leslie to use specifically for this. THANK YOU
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Check out this article about Rando’s last mission in Serbia.
where he was handing out food, blankets and working alongside a local volunteer organisation. There is no big funding available and the aid groups are working with very little.
So far, Rando’s GoFundMeCampaign has raised £ 18,500, all of which has gone directly to benefit the refugees: No unnecessary overhead costs or fancy expenses. But much more is needed to provide the victims of war and terror with the bare necessities for survival and save the loss of more life, wherever this person was born.
Here is a bit about his cause:
Rando’s GoFundMeCampaign was founded to support these fellow humans in need in their legitimate yearning for peace and shelter.
Rando has begun his campaign by collecting over a ton of winter clothes and delivering them to a refugee camp in a derelict Airport building in Berlin.
He has also sourced 4,500 socks and shoe supplies for the camp – all urgently needed in the freezing temperatures in Germany and on the Balkan.
The ‘Berlin Airlift’ part of his operation has found flight crew and other volunteers who take them to the camp in Berlin.
Rando also spends about a week each month helping the refugees hands-on in Lesvos and other hot-spots on their journey to Europe.
Although numbers of refugees are falling, many are still stuck, separated from their families, awaiting bureaucratic attention and processing.
After their arrival on rubber boats from Turkey the refugees have often nothing more than the bare necessities on them and need dry clothes, shelter, food and information. They also need transport from their landing point to the arrival camps. This help is being provided almost exclusively by volunteers like Rando who donate their spare time and own money to help our fellow human beings.
Rando supports Moria, one of the refugee camps on Lesvos, with direct cash injections.
This is where people are held during the slow registration process, often under harrowing, life-threatening harsh conditions. Moria’s monthly running costs are over 40,000 Euro and they are struggling to keep everyone warm, clean and fed.
if you want to help personally, check out this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MWB-RwpC1OebhDa75YeG5r9ToiQ7aQVdGGXiIF7uY5Y/mobilebasic?pli=1