No Filter

Welcome to Lesvos. 
View from our hotel in Mytilene. 
With rains approaching, this epic German group called the “Green Helmets” swarmed our medical tent and put in this flooring in a matter of hours.
Early morning view of the camp from our medical tent. As the coldness retreats, people start to emerge from their tents at the Moria transition camp, hopeful to receive their papers and leave to Athens.
For those weary and exhausted, sleep comes easy. This group arrived around midnight and didn’t have anywhere else to sleep.
Hi-visibility vests and stethoscopes were helpful while heading through camp and getting through to police and the UN.
This guy came up to me and opened his mouth wide, revealing a completely chipped and cracked lower-right tooth (not his molar but the one closer). After about 20 minutes of persuasion, we had our ‘field dentist’ Jure do the extraction. He was clearly super happy afterwards, but was an understandable wreck beforehand. His uncle, on the other hand, appears unsold on the treatment. 
A local farmer donated his land to be used as the “temporary transit zones” and some people say that the olive trees planted here are 1000 years old.  He also signed papers allowing us to provide medical care, as long as we did not cause destruction to the land or trees. Though I never met him, amazing man.
Bought with the funding from our Indiegogo campaign (thank you!), this O2 and Sats probe is wireless, state-of-the-art and perfect for mobile outreach teams. We used it to get an older Iraqi man with chest pain into advanced care, among other patients (including asthmatic). I haven’t even seen this technology in hospitals in Canada or the UK. 
When arriving at camp, you receive a ticket that corresponds with a board that tells you when you will be registered. One of our translators, Anjum, proudly displays his ‘papers’ that allow him to travel onward from Moria camp. He left later that day on the ferry to Athens.
Graffiti on the former Greek prison wall, where refugees arrive. 
One of our translators sister, quick-to-smile and painfully adept at high-fives.
With only one working set of taps, water had to be used for many purposes, including washing, cleaning and drinking, at the little water station.
Ramazan, one of our Farsi and Pashto translators, and Sarah, sharing a moment. 
That’s for all of you, for the support and the love. There are no words. Just thank you. 






One thought on “No Filter”

  1. We our family are amazed Ravi and Sarah of your compassion and strength , determination and live for the work you are doing! The world needs more of you. Bless you both in this moment of need.


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