For the third day in a row, we are witnesses to a series of attacks by a fascist gang on the island of Leros that drives about on motorcycles with covered license plates! They are afraid of being recognized by the inhabitants of Leros so they have covered their faces and heads and carry bats and knives. A total of twenty people have been taken to hospital with body wounds. Amongst them is a pregnant woman and there are fears for the continuation of her pregnancy.
As the Dodecanese Network of Solidarity Groups, we are proceeding to file an indictment against such unknown persons and we call on all democratic people of this country to isolate such practices.
We request from all the representatives of the local political parties and all politicians to take a stand and act in the direction of protection both of the refugees and the inhabitants of Leros in total.
We request of the educational and cultural societies, and professional associations to head the defense of human life and democracy. We must stop the fascist attacks! Solidarity shall win! We will continue to live with the refugees!
On a lovely Saturday afternoon, everyone gathered at the PIKPA building in Leros for a heartwarming
children’s costume party.
Refugee children are considered enemies for some people, for others they are just invisible. For the professional’humanists’ they are subjects of their programs, but for us they are children! Our children! Innocent, like all children, the hope of this world.
With, only, your help and support, we try every day to achieve a smile, to let them dream of a new life. Nothing compares to the sweet smile of a child that has gone through hell but still manages to find joy in such small things, like a costume party on a Saturday afternoon.
we proudly announce the opening of the PIKPA building on Lakki. It could not have been done without your precious help. More than us, the refugees are very thankful and happy to have a place after a brutal journey through Turkey and the Aegean sea. A place were they can feel safe and be treated with humanity. The building is now equipped with 100 beds, 10 bathrooms, heating and a storage room full of clothing and hygiene kits. This is a big step in our difficult yet rewarding work we like to call solidarity!
So a big thank you to all people who helped in any way. There is no small way of helping. From the people who donated money to the lovely girls in our storage room that endlessly arrange clothes to the guys who assembled the beds. Also a big thank you to all the crews that worked hard to renovate the place just in time to avoid big rains and extreme cold!