Driven by its ethos of solidarity and mutual support for all people, the group approached the mayor of Mytilini—the island’s biggest town— and asked that PIKPA be used as a facility to accommodate the refugees drawn to Greek shores from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and others.
The Village of Altogether now runs
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this camp as a haven and hospitality centre under the principle that all people should be treated with dignity. The autonomous group lacks any national or European funding. It has over a hundred affiliated members on Lesbos, but an active core of around just ten to 15 people.
They provide accommodation for the most vulnerable refugees; the disabled, injured, elderly, pregnant women, single women with children and family groups with very young infants are, if possible, referred to PIKPA. Volunteers offer food, clothes, hygienic facilities, medical help and legal counselling. Most importantly, they offer a warm and open welcome. #refugees #lesbos #lesvos #pikpa #humanaity #photojournalism #editorial #greece