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A trip to Greece: the first insights about the issues behind unaccompanied minors by Sophie in Greece (#1)

Athens, 14/05/2017

Please allow me to briefly introduce myself. My name is Sophie Lagarrigue. Since February, I am working as a coordinator for Kids Reunited.

In the past few weeks I have been contacting from distance multiple NGOs, shelters, government officials and individuals to gain insights into the current situation of unaccompanied minors in Greece. The first step is to find out where the kids are located and which organizations can become our partners and provide us with all necessary data.

To speed up I planned a trip to Greece to meet everyone in person. last Friday I arrived and got started.

As if it were planned, the first couple I met at the hostel in Athens happened to be volunteering at a refugee camp on Chios in Greece. Their description of the current situation is shocking; there have been multiple violent fascist attacks against refugees, women and children are being raped, people are malnourished and often get ill, and out of despair, some refugees (including minors) cut themselves and even try to commit suicide.

When the couple heard about Kids Reunited and our partners, they named the kids they knew that would fulfill the requirements for reunification through our systems. We are now collecting pictures of legal documents and all necessary information of those kids in close cooperation with the local authorities, and hopefully this week we can already start new procedures!

Today I am meeting with Virginia who used to work for the NGO Metadrasi (helping unaccompanied minors), and is now working for the NGO Solidarity Now. Also I have a meeting with one of the volunteers of the Mobile Info Team for Refugees. Hopefully, they can provide me with more insights and contact details of unaccompanied minors in Greece, and fingers crossed that all of them can soon get reunited with their families. More updates coming later…