On-the-ground in Greece - Day 7 Samos

Day 7 - Distribution. Standing outside in a dusty clearing following a simple and fair registration process so that more than 1,000 men can receive much-needed aid of t-shirt, trousers, underwear, socks and a jumper.

Vathy Refugee Camp is full - this is all overspill

Vathy Refugee Camp is full - this is all overspill

Amber & Simon registering new recipients

Amber & Simon registering new recipients

This is our first day of distribution at the Vathy Refugee Camp on the Greek island of Samos where people are living in appalling conditions, without even the most basic services.

Our team of volunteers this week have come together from UK, USA, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Guinea.

Our fabulous volunteers at the 8am team briefing

Our fabulous volunteers at the 8am team briefing

People in camp still carry their injuries from war

People in camp still carry their injuries from war

The people in the Refugee Camps have survived personal journeys from war and persecution in Africa and the Middle East - Cameroon, Togo, Congo, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Yemen, and more.

One man was so thin his arms were little more than bone, his teeth and hair were decaying and falling out. Another, no more than a boy. He said he was 17 but his papers said 18. He looked at the ground as he mumbled that it was up to us what we believed (we only gave to 18+ today). At 17 he was all alone with no family left, and it seemed he had no fight left in him either. Another climbed to our distribution point on his crutches, nursing a painful bullet wound.

Today we gave clothes, but we were often asked for other things, like shoes, a belt, spices to add to the food... it’s not too much to ask for in life. Is it?

This is what distribution looked like!

This is what distribution looked like!

Show your ticket, receive your bag of clothes

Show your ticket, receive your bag of clothes