Today, there are approximately 79 million refugees and displaced people around the world. Men, women, and children who have been forced to flee war zones, persecution, extreme poverty and environmental disasters. We are in the midst of the most serious refugee crisis in the history of the modern era.
About 12 million of those refugees are Syrians who have lost their homes since 2011.
2.6 million of the refugees are from Afghanistan.
1 Million are from Congo (DRC).
Unfortunetly, these numbers are partial and there are many more undocumented cases.
40% of the refugee population are children under the age of 18, who have not been in an educational system for years.
Those people left the stability of their homes for a life of bare survival without a known future or a clear horizon.
Lesvos is the third largest island in Greece. The island's population consists of 82,000 Greek inhabitants, the average number of refugees on the island is 12,000 and at its peak reached more than 22,000 people. The island is eight kilometers from the shores of Turkey and because of that proximity it continues to be the first point of European entry for about 50% of the refugee population entering Greece.
At first the island served as a transit station for refugees. As of March 2016, and following the EU-Turkey Deal, Lesvos (together with the neighboring islands) became the last entry point that refugees could use to reach Europe. Despite the EU's statements that the refugee crisis had ended and the lack of coverage in the media, the crisis is still at its peak. Thousands of people are still crossing the sea each month to reach a safe haven. Unfortunately, the reality they meet in Lesvos and the whole of Greece is grim and the living conditions in the camps are unbearable.