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Dirty girls of Lesvos

Today I received a special envelop that was promised to me after I made a donation to a wonderful group op people called the dirty girls of Lesvos that make a difference on the island of Lesvos. This island, apart from the island community, houses thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in camp Moria.

Social media are able to show us almost everything that happens around us. When the Corona epidemic came to Greece I thought of all of those thousands of people living, packed together, in difficult circumstances. Fortunately there are organisations that help out there.
This information below is from the website of the dirty girls.

Dirty Girls was initiated in 2015, so that good quality wet and dirty clothing discarded by thousands of people fleeing war and terror, arriving by sea on the island of Lesvos, would not be trashed.

Dirty Girls washes (to hospital standards), blankets, sleeping bags and other materials so that they can be reused, rather than the present practices of most International Non Government Organisations – the cavalier trashing of all materials and replacement with new ones.

Dirty Girls takes the materials from discarded life jackets and upcycles them into messenger bags.

The life jackets have been worn by people, fleeing war and inhumane conditions, making the treacherous sea crossing from Turkey to Lesvos in overcrowded flimsy boats. The jackets are filled with fake life preserving material, which means they won’t save people’s lives. Every jacket used represents a person who has survived a journey that too many haven’t. Each bag has a different, one off design; representing the fact that each refugee is a person with an individual life story. Donations from bags are used for washing blankets.

Dirty girls website
They are also on Facebook.

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Sunday morning at 3, the clock jumps forward from 3 to 4 am. This means we have to cope with one hour less of sleep. It is going to be darker in the morning again but it will be dark later. Good luck with coping again!

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A 5.1 on the scale of Richter earthquake hit the area of Magoula in Athens around 14.13 today. No severe injured civilians, some damaged houses and the telephone lines were down for a while because too many people tried calling relatives and friends.

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Photo;Yannis Behrakis

This post has nothing the do with Skopelos but it has to do with Greece and the time we live in. Yannis Behrakis was a world renowned Greek photojournalist who won, with his team, a Pulitzer price in 2016 for the body of work about refugees arriving in Greece and their long journey towards peace, freedom and hopefully finding a home.

Yannis Behrakis said: ”The way the Greeks handled the crises (refugees from Syria and other countries) in the middle of a crises, it was remarkable. You know they gave money out of their pockets that had no money. The Pulitzer should go to the Greek people”

The world has lost one of the best photojournalists of our time who risked his life to give voice to the voiceless: “For me there is only one choice, to help these people, because apart from simple rules of humanity, you don’t know if one day you become a refugee or a migrant. Greece is full of people that everyday are becoming immigrants, how would you like if your brother goes to The States and they treat him badly?” ~ Yannis Behrakis Full story: https://bit.ly/2En5AGM
Source: https://greece.greekreporter.com

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In the village Spili on Crete you get your glass of water with your coffee or tea from the spring that runs through the village! Beautiful place!

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The sun is shining this morning and our spirits immediately rise because this winter was a harsh one for Skopelos. Spring is in the air and hopefully temperatures will start rising above the double digits! This video was send to us by Francois. We like it. There is hope for octopuses. Thank you Francois!

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Pity poor Ithaki, which has been politely hosting rogue capitalist soon-not-to-be-Sir Philip Green and his third superyacht, the 90-metre Lionheart. An unusually combative Sky News journalist tracked him down to what we believe is the chi-chi port of Kioni, where the soon-not-to-be-Sir Philip took umbrage at being asked why he was flitting around the Ionian on hols when he was meant to be sorting out the £571million hole in the pension scheme at the failed BHS empire – an empire that the soon-not-to-be-Sir Philip relieved of £400million before he sold it off for £1 to another dodgy wideboy. The funniest part of the video, after Phil threatens to push the cameraman into the sea, is the crewman handing him a bottle of water and scarpering out of the way of the camera.

Eleven thousand sacked BHS workers probably won’t be able to afford a holiday on Ithaki this summer. Some might, however, want to apply for any vacancies in the 40-strong crew the Lionheart employs, including the full-time dog walker.

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(photo http://www.jstor.org)

Campaigners say allowing the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures kept in London with those still in Athens could be a diplomatic coup for the UK as it negotiates Brexit. A cross-party group of MPs has launched a fresh bid to return the statuary to Greece on the 200th anniversary (1816-2016) of the British Government’s decision to buy them. Campaigners have said this could help the UK secure a better deal during the Brexit talks with the EU.

The issue has long been a source of tension between, on one side, the UK government and the British Museum, where the 2,500-year-old marbles are currently on display, and, on the other, Greece and international supporters of the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures.

About half the surviving sculptures were taken from the Parthenon in Athens by Thomas Bruce, the seventh Earl of Elgin, and later bought by the British Government after parliament passed an Act that came into force on 11 July, 1816. The other half are currently in the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

The rest of the article is here

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Irini Akritidou, a woman from Thessaloniki — a grand daughter of refugees from Pontos who learned to knit from her grandmother — has started a movement to turn her knitting skills that were passed from one generation to the 21st century’s refugees.
In just a few months, several thousand people have joined the Knitting Solidarity Facebook Group and calls to action are sent via Facebook to women throughout Greece — and now the world. To date, thousands of hats, scarves and sets of gloves have been made “Made with love and solidarity for these people,” Dimitra Fotiadou, one of the group’s organizers, told The Pappas Post in an interview.

Source: http://www.pappaspost.com/knitting-for-solidarity-hundreds-of-greek-women-organize-to-knit-hats-gloves-scarves-for-refugees/?fb_action_ids=10153864834761796&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.VpZbukhZfuM.like

When asked if the group would accept cash donations to further their work, Fotiadou said they were not in the charity business — and only wanted to use their skills to help fellow human beings in need. As a result, the group doesn’t take cash donations — only donations of yarn!

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It is great to go on holiday, see family and friends and visit new or familiar places but to be back on Skopelos is the best.

New technologies, the latest trends cannot replace the friendly greetings, the heartfelt wishes for a good New Year we received coming back. This is why I love writing about Skopelos. It is home, I knew it but sometimes I need to go away to remember. A happy, healthy New Year from Skopelosnews with lots of love and happiness and hopefully everybody is surrounded by their loved ones.

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