The first thing to do, to change this situation, is to keep you informed. Unfortunately, it is not easy to find accessible and reliable information on Samos nowadays.
We selected some sources that we thought fit this description.
NGOs on Samos
We are One Samos – Women only safe space
Med’Equali Team – Medical clinic in Vathy
Still I Rise – founder of Mazì, first youth education center for displaced refugee youth ages 12-17 years living in the Samos refugee camp.
Just Action team came together over a shared vision of creating a sustainable impact for refugees and locals on the island of Samos.
Samos Volunteers – support for refugees and asylum-seekers living in Samos, combating the isolation through informal education and recreational projects. Also laundry station
Refugee4Refugees – aims to offer sustainable support and emergency response to migrants who arrive at the shores of Lesvos and Samos seeking asylum in Europe.
Refugee law clinic Berlin – To offer legal information at the outer borders of the European Union, the Refugee Law Clinic Berlin decided to initiate a legal information project on the Greek island of Samos. A team of counsellors will, on a permanent basis, provide workshops and individual information sessions on the asylum procedures and refugees’ rights.
Avocats sans Frontière – Providing equal access to human rights and legal information to asylum seekers on Samos.
Movement on the ground – Waste management project in the camp and the jungle on Samos.
Project Armonia – Providing a safe space where vulnerable people can eat healthy food.
Action for Education – Providing education services and recreational activities for young people (18-23 years old).
Médecins Sans Frontière (MSF) – Providing pregnancy care, psychological support for severe cases and vaccination campagn for children.
CLOSED (Baobab Community Center – Safe space for families and children up to 12 years old.)
Parliamentary question of July 22th 2019 – Question to the European Parliament regarding the living conditions of minors in the refugee camp of Samos.
Application for reunification – European governement reunification policy, explanation.
UNHCR Greece Cash Assistance Update, nov. 2019
The Internation Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Right of which Greece is a Party since 1985, and which states that everyone has a right “to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health” (art. 12).
Health – articles/publications
Here is a small selection of recent articles about migrants’ health.
“I prefer dying fast than dying slowly”, how institutional abuse worsens the mental health of stranded Syrian, Afghan and Congolese migrants on Lesbos island following the implementation of EU-Turkey deal, 2018
Strange Fish – Giulia Bertoluzzi (2018): The fishermen in Zarzis, a Tunisian town on Libya’s borders, set out each day wondering whether they will find a strange fish in their nets, the bloated corpse of a drowned migrant. Trailer
Coming Ashore – Santi Palacios and Mikel Konate (2019): short multimedia documentary that gathers the graphic coverage on the Eastern Mediterranean migratory route. Watch the short on Youtube.
And of course Samos - The Faces of our Border !