Johanniter Germany sends beds and blankets to refugees in Greece

Remscheid, Germany, 17. March 2016

Picture by Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany

Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany is supporting the Greek civil protection in the care of refugees by providing them with beds and sheets. A large number of new refugees cross the Mediterranean daily on their way to Greece. They wait there, under adverse conditions, before travelling onward to Central Europe. Since the beginning of the year, at least 143,205 migrants from Turkey have come to Greece. Another 10,000 are stranded at the camp Idomeni on the border between Greece and Macedonia. Although the Greek authorities and the army have stepped up their relief efforts, thousands are still sleeping in open air without adequate accommodation, support and information according to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.

Johanniter Germany is supporting the Civil Protection operation of the EU by sending 100 camp beds and 1,000 blankets to Greece. The supplies were loaded onto a truck from a central warehouse located in Remscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia. This warehouse stocks supplies for the 45 Johanniter refugee shelters located in North Rhine-Westphalia. The supplies are then transported by the Swedish civil protection to Greece using a so-called 'car pooling system'. By working together with the Swedish civil protection, the relief goods are transported at a more effective and cost-efficient way while giving a sign of common European solidarity.

The supplies are then handed over to the local Greek civil protection which further distributes them to the refugees. All the materials and equipment are a donation from the Johanniter regional organisation of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Johanniter Germany is actively involved in the care of refugees not only in North Rhine-Westphalia, but also in the rest of Germany and worldwide.



Picture by Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany