On the fourth day, we had the first time a layer on the coast. Layer means concretely with a car on the island coast long closing incoming boats to look and to provide incoming refugees. Previously, the car is equipped with clothes of lots of and emergency goods. Goal is to take incoming refugees in reception, offered dry clothes to the people and to provide support in cases of hypothermia or other emergencies.
Often, the ships on the Turkish side already have a contact to a * m activist * in on Chios and contact them as soon as they have reached Greek waters. Then, lifeguards can bring the boat into a harbor. At this point, the volunteers take the people in reception, equip them with dry clothing, and provide them with food and drink. Occasionally, the volunteers must serve also acute emergencies, for which the vast majority are not trained at all. The Greek Government is limited in the whole bet on to sponsor one usually much too small bus taking the refugees to a registration camp at the end.
We were in so far a total of three night shifts at five boat arrivals. Here, we have to treat fortunately no acute emergency. However, upon each arrival are children and babies here, their clothing was wet. At temperatures around freezing a life-threatening situation. In these cases, we equip them with fresh clothes, and led to a stabilization of their condition.
After three nights, the rhythm from one comes out at some point, sleeps once or maximum twice a day four hours and is otherwise on the go. If currently no refugees arrive, they patrol along the coast, clean may be a few beaches and is looking for. the life jackets arrived people are everywhere on the island. If you will wait longer to help them burn their life jackets to have it at least a little bit warm at temperatures around zero degrees.
We took "Time-out" after the three night shifts a day, to plan the other day, reports and photos to get ready and to recharge a bit. One of our volunteers will travel tomorrow for a day on the Turkish coast and to research the situation there on the spot. Then he flies back to Berlin. The other two are staying a few days, finish the video and continue to provide support.