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Preventive work with unaccompanied minors in Moria refugee camp

More than 5000 children and approximately 1100 unaccompanied minors are currently living in Moria refugee camp on Lesvos. They carry traumas from a life as a refugee. Additionally, many of the refugees have experienced acts of violence, or witnessed others being victim to it. They liver under horrifying and undignified conditions in the refugee camp. A Drop in the Ocean works inside the refugee camp, as the only Norwegian organisation. We contribute daily to provide activities for children aged 0 to 17.

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28 hours on Lesvos

For the past few weeks, several famous people have spoken up about the situation for displaced people in Moria refugee camp on Lesvos. The petition “Evakuer barna fra Moria” (Evacuate the Children from Moria) has been widely spread on social media. Last week, Karin Andersen of the Norwegian Social Party visited Moria refugee camp with A Drop in the Ocean’s Secretary General, Trude Jacobsen. The visit in Moria was nowhere near being a “formal visit”. You can read more about their experiences below, including unpredicted situations that occurred and the people they met during their eventful 28 hours on Lesvos.

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New Year Greetings – Reflections on 2019

Another year has passed, and A Drop in the Ocean is currently in its 5th winter of doing aid work in Greece and on the Aegean islands. I am constantly getting questions about the situation “down there”. I wish my response could be; “the situation for displaced people in Greece is much better. The processing of asylum applications is running much more smoothly, and at a more rapid pace, and no children are living in tents. I wish I could tell them that all unaccompanied minors have received help from European states, that welcomed them with open arms. I wish I could tell them that Mohammed, the 4-year old I met in Moria earlier this month, is now living safe and sound in a foster home”. But this is not the reality.

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The mind still wanders

Frost covered fields and trees in the garden at Heggedal in Asker. The seven-armed candlestick lights up in the window sill, which tells us it’s Christmas time. Arne Martin is home, after three and a half months of walking in solidarity through Europe, but he is not entirely present.

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Angelika Sogn / Koutsofotinos – The bridge-builder, the activist, and the idealist

This is the biggest school I have ever attended. I have learned incredibly much. You can gain a lot of knowledge in school, and in environments where you are comfortable, but being in the field is completely different – it facilitates professional and personal development, and it is something I would highly recommend. – Angelika Sogn

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