A lot of the shops in the west coast of Turkey are sold out of real life jackets- now that that the tourist season is over. Fakes are left for the refugees. We know of the boats going down, often as they happen, from refugee friends in Turkey. News spreads fast- they are always someones friends, or friends of friends or family. Me and one friend are working alone to keep people alive in the Bodrum crossing. This can be through advise on life jackets, advise on weather at sea and if storms are coming, making sure they have the right numbers to call if they get into trouble, etc.
Rough seas are here, the challenges and dangers for refugees are worsening. We need all the help we can to do this. My money is almost out now, and that is a petriying thing. What we do feels like a drop in the ocean sometimes, but when its one persons life, it is bigger than the world..
There are only 2 of us doing this and our only support is you (we have tried to get bigger help, but large NGOs aren't interested/cant help) xxx Any support at all is really really helpful and appreciated. We are almost out of our current funds. Im sure will be able, and are, saving lives through this.
We do this voluntarily, and all travel, etc is paid out of our own pockets. Every penny goes on helping keeping the guys out there safe.
My friend on Kos told me she helped a man get on a boat the other day that arrived in the night. In the rocky sea, he watched two of his children fall of the side and immediately disappear into the black waters. He couldn’t swim himself, and the sea was too rough anyway. There was nothing he could do to save them. There are many waiting on Kos for their families and friends to turn up who were meant to leave weeks ago but their boats never arrived. My friend in Turkey told me a load of boats will be leaving soon- families included. The sea is very rough already. I don’t want to think how many wont make it. Way too many men, women and children have already been lost to the sea here. But we can help change that number together.