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October 12: Bittersweet thoughts on my way out

Six days in Athens and feeling like I know how to get around just one area of town. Traffic is insane. Today I walked for two hours as I don’t know when I’ll be back. Everything seems so expensive — I wonder how the refugees can afford living here [...]

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October 5: What would you do to save your life?

OMG I am devastated. My friend and colleague “AA” has just received his second asylum rejection today. Hands On Global worked with this man for over six months in the medical clinic. He is a hard worker, always putting in the extra time and energy, with great [...]

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October 2: Back to camp on Lesvos Island

I have been in Athens and last evening arrived in Lesvos. It is difficult to figure out what is going on with the refugees situation. We met with the MVI team leaders. They say the island camps have less than 3000 refugees that 1000 s [...]

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May 5: Returning to camp on Lesvos Island

Both excitement and hesitation visit me as I’m driving back to Kara Tepe 2 refugee camp on Lesvos Island Greece.  I know I’ll see many familiar faces of both foreigners and refugees when I arrive.  This creates mixed feelings.  I would hope that all of the [...]

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February 18: Visiting tents today . . .

Oh, today in the camp was really cold again. Dr Taha and I visited 3 refugee families all with a member who is medically fragile, and one single woman. I am going to tell you her story. She is 24 and from Somalia. 5 years ago [...]

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December 11: Finished last clinic here at camp.

Finished last clinic here at camp. I have loved working with the CMA and Healthbridge translators, the CMA team, the EODY team, MVI and the ABS German team. Each person did their best to deliver the best health care possible in very challenging conditions. It [...]

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