Proem-Aid carries out rescue and rescue work for refugees and immigrants arriving by sea on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Over a million people have arrived in Greece since 2015.
The sea crossing between Turkey and the East cost of Lesbos is about twenty kilometres long. It is the most dangerous stage of the journey due to the wrecking risk of the boats the migrants arrive in.
Most of the time, they wear fake life jackets, filled with non-buoyant materials, when soaked they do not float, they become heavy instead and causes the wearer to sink in case they fall from the vessel.
Refugees flee from war horrors and dreadful armed conflicts. Babies, children and elderly people are especially vulnerable. They suffer from every kind of dangers and threads along their painful journeys.
We feel anger and powerlessness when we have a look at their “safety equipments”.
Rubbish bags worn as raincoats, inflatable beach toys used as life vests… Children are thefirst to drawn, in case of shipwreck.
Migrants arrive and will be still arriving while conflicts last.
Different kind of injuries are very frequent, such as necrotic feet due to the prolongedwalking on the snowy mountains in winter, and lots of people suffer from hypothermia. We have provided first aid in case of wounds, heart attacks and epileptic seizures, although the worst harm are those which can not been seen, they are the “psychological hurts” they have to face. Many of them arrive in a deep state of shock.
Ship’s log book
“Last days have been especially rough. I have lost track of time, we just sleep for about four hours a day
Some days ago a new wrecking took place. Thirteen people were sailing the dinghy, four of them drowned, three of them are still missing. Since then, we go out to sea, trying to find the dead bodies. Weather conditions do not help. We are desperate. It is like looking for a needle in a haystack… vast, dark.
In this moment, In the South we are the only rescue team with an operational boat. We are afraid of leaving the shore, in case somebody needs our help in the distance.
Thank you all for being always on watch, for all the hands given. Many thanks
Volunteer fire fighter.