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Our Story

Founded in 2017 by local Greek citizens of Lesvos Island, Stand By Me Lesvos is a different type of Non Profit. With little funds we have created a safe, positive space, where local Greeks, refugees and international team members are all working side by side, just in walking distance from the overcrowded Moria.
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Get Together

While international NGOs come and go, we live here in Lesvos. Our commitment is for the long term, focusing on three main targets: Education, Empowerment and Integration. We collaborate with Greek locals, Moria camp residents and international team members, because we can only face this situation standing together.
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Moria, Europe

In Lesvos we are used to empty promises and we are used to standing alone. With a so-called hotspot of 24 000 refugees, the citizens of this island are used to a lot of suffering and hardship. Now, after Turkey opened their borders, and the island dealing with an increase in violence, it has gone silent again due to Lesvos newest arrival, namely coronavirus. The prospect of any large organization coming to the rescue to assist Lesvos with this looming catastrophe is made evident through five years of neglect. Being used to being left alone, Stand By Me Lesvos started to help by setting up local self-organization groups, both on the side of the refugees and on the side of Greek citizens, because we have to face this corona crisis with the local resources we have standing together.

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Going On

Lesvos says no to corona - OXI! Every Greek knows what oxi-day means. On the 28th of October 1940 Greeks and Albanians, two of Europe's poorest nations, defeated the italian army, and they did it by sheer belief and conviction. With the same spirit, we are trying to confront the fight head on with the tools that we have. Young refugees - Afghans, Syrians, Congolese, people from all over the world try to do the unthinkable - find ways to deal with this pandemic threat within an area where no WHO-advice against COVID-19 can be followed. The camp is totally overcrowded, it has no proper water supply, it is filled with garbage and thousands of people live in improvised tents. So this is our message to Europe: Lesvos might stand alone, but nothing is lost, - and it is not too late to show solidarity!

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We are the People of Moria
Today is the World Refugee Day, a day to create awareness. And we will do exactly that: for the past week we have been around Moria camp asking for statements ...
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Our latest activities and co-operations
Beach Cleaning Every year before summer season the volunteers department of the Municipality calls for Volunteers to help cleaning the beaches. We support this call and some refugees we work ...
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A second letter to Europe from Moria camp in corona times
Our partners from the camp, the Moria Corona Awareness Team and the Moria White Helmets wrote a second letter to Europe, after their first one was published in many major ...
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In Greek we have a word: Xenos.
It is a word with many meanings: stranger, outsider, friend and guest. The deepest meaning of the word can be understood as guest-friend and is a central part of how Greeks understand hospitality, it is part of how we at Stand By Me Lesvos see refugees, as guests, as friends, as people who maybe in transit, but where there is also a reciprocity, a give and take between the two. Be a part of Stand By Me Lesvos by supporting us.

News & Press Review

Moria Camp in Lesvos is absolute chaos | wadi-online.org
Since the beginning of March, Thomas has been on the Greek island of Lesvos, in the refugee camp Moria. There, he has been supporting a local initiative called Stand By Me Lesvos. Daniel: Hello Thomas! It is really nice that you have found time ...
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Hundreds of people transferred to Athens from Lesvos with nowhere to go | AYS Daily Digest
A researcher on migration and illegal pushbacks offered this insight into the reaction towards the people who were transfered from Lesvos, only to arrive in Athens without anywhere to go:  “Yesterday, #Refugeesgr were transfered from Lesvos to Athens — part of the policy to decongest Moria ...
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Thirty-six migrants rescued from boat off Lesvos | ekathimerini.com
The Greek Coast Guard rescued 36 migrants from a dinghy off the northwest coast of the island of Lesvos on Sunday. The migrants – 16 men, 10 women (among them 2 pregnant) and 10 minors – from Iran and Afghanistan were transported to the port ...
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Menschenrechte bleiben auf der strecke | amnesty.de
Wenn es um die Flüchtlingspolitik in der EU geht, kreist alles um den Begriff des gemeinsamen europäischen Asylsystems. Gibt oder gab es dieses gemeinsame System tatsächlich? Steht es nur auf dem Papier oder nicht einmal mehr das? Die fortschreitende Harmonisierung verschiedener Politikbereiche in der ...
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