About a three hour drive south of Athens in Greece, lies Patras Port - one of Europe’s remote dark corners for refugees. There are around 55 guys living in Patras, supported only by an inspiring sister and brother volunteer team, FoodKIND, aid drops from our partner, Rando Wagner of One Human Race, and occasionally others who make the trip from Athens.
Disused factories complete with broken glass, crumbling ceilings, no electricity, water or other facilities. Life as a refugee in Patras is tough.
Rando got back from his monthly trip this morning...
“Left Athens at midday and returned 45 mins ago ( 5.30am) from our trip to Patra. Hence please accept my apologies for any grammar or spelling mistakes.
"Delivered the requested food items, plus 60 sets of t-shirts/socks/underwear, to Manu and his sister who are single handedly feeding the Afghan guys now staying in Patra (55 currently).
"Followed by a visit to the currently 5 Sudanese guys who are living in slum-like conditions near the port. Their usual incredible resilience and happiness seemed somewhat broken after a summer of none of the usual casual day labouring jobs coupled with having to renew their asylum papers in Greece but not even able to afford the €40 bus fare to Athens to collect their new Greek refugee ID cards.
"As always I refilled their cooking gas bottles, gave them a pair of new trainers each, some ‘ luxuries’ like 24 cans of tuna, Arabic Flat bread, cooking oil and €100 to help with the bus fares.
All made possible by supporters like you! Thank you.”