The BBC calls if ‘the worst refugee camp on earth’. A camp on the far-flung island of Lesvos, Greece, seen by many as a gateway to the EU, should be handling just over 2000 people but, for a lot of this year, was coping with up to 10,000. It couldn’t cope. There was no adequate shelter, water, food, medical care or education. Tensions boiled over repeatedly and none more so than at night. With no electricity available, much could happen under the cover of darkness: theft, abuse, rape, violence, killings.
So, when a solar start up, D.Light attended ‘A Day in the Life of a Refugee’ in Davos, at the World Economic Forum, we were delighted that they offered portable lamps for refugees. They helped gather funds, as did Hong Kong’s The Island School, a generous NGO and individuals across the US and beyond, via a Facebook campaign. We partnered with Dutch humanitarian logistics group, HRIF, to get 5,000 lamps into the camps.
The lamps last for up to 8 hours and, being portable, will help deter and reduce the ease with which these night atrocities occur. Our thanks to all who helped!