This Ramadan season, it’s important for us all to think about worldwide hunger. After all, an important Ramadan tradition is fasting, which is abstaining from eating and drinking. But refraining from eating and drinking will make anyone realize what it means to be hungry, how it feels and drains the human spirit both mentally and physically. And, unfortunately, that’s exactly what many refugees in Greece are currently experiencing.
According to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), there are currently over 119,700 asylum seekers in Greece and the Greek islands, of which 50,000 are legally restricted from traveling farther into Europe. These people flee to Greece due to conflict in their own countries, often with very little money or nothing but the shirts on their backs. Many are single mothers with children in tow, and the incredibly hazardous, sometimes even fatal trek is often done overnight. What many people don’t know is many of these refugees are doctors, lawyers, etc. simply looking for refuge and freedom and to forge newer, brighter futures for themselves and their families. However, unfortunately, as soon as they arrive in Greece, they are forced into camps that are overcrowded, unsanitary, unsafe, and made even more dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the inability to social distance. According to Human Right Watch, refugees and asylum seekers are facing an increase in violent and passive discrimination, too. All of this has contributed to the refugee mental health crisis, the IRC reporting a “66% increase in self-harm.”
In the spirit of Ramadan, we humbly invite you to consider making a donation of any amount, big or small—every bit counts—to provide 1,300 refugee families currently residing in Greece food packages. Each package includes:
For just $50, you can send a food package directly to a family in need, benefitting their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, and we at Embrace Relief thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness, understanding, and generosity.