On March 16th, GreekTV.com was at the port of Mytilene, where refugees waited to board a ferry to Athens. Many NGOs and volunteers distributed necessary items for their long and tiring journey: clothes, scarfs, beanies, gloves, first aid kits, etc. Some organizations gave toys to children and kept them company until the start of their journey.
It was a poignant and unsettling image: laughing children and soap bubbles on the dock while the parents prepared themselves for the difficulties ahead…

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KALI:MERA distributed scarves, trousers, gloves and beanies for the cold days ahead.

 

Waiting for the ferry and getting ready for a long journey to central and northern Europe.

Waiting for the ferry and getting ready for a long journey to central and northern Europe.

 

 

Each person must choose a limited number of essentials before boarding the ferry.

Each person must choose a limited number of essentials before boarding the ferry.

 

Parents get warm clothes for children.

 

Volunteers help children get ready for their journey.

Volunteers help children get ready for their journey.

 

KALI:MERA distributed backpacks, which are very useful to refugees.

KALI:MERA distributed backpacks, which are very useful to refugees.

 

Ceriba - Social and Humanitarian Aid made these children smile!

What is more important to children than toys? Ceriba – Social and Humanitarian Aid made these children smile!

 

Soap bubbles were a hint of optimism!

Soap bubbles were a hint of optimism!

 

She carries only what is necessary: a lollipop and a teddy bear!

She carries only what is necessary: a lollipop and a teddy bear!

 

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Fresh orange juice for everyone!

Fresh orange juice for everyone!

 

A social worker from Iliaktida helps a child put his scarf on.

A social worker from Iliaktida helps a child put his scarf on.

 

The ferry to Athens

The destination of the ferry is Athens. The refugees know that the borders are closed but they keep going because they are running towards a new life.