UiA has made its study centre Metochi available to the Norwegian medical team which has commenced its relief operation in the Moria camp on the island of Lesvos.
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On Monday, the Emergency Medical Team (EMT) from the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection left Norway for Lesvos. The group consists of 22 people, doctors and nurses, paediatricians, midwives and gynaecologists as well as five individuals who will take care of safety, logistics and information.
Following a dialogue with the directorate last weekend, UiA offered the team the opportunity to use the Metochi course centre. The ministry initially wanted to use the centre, but since it is almost an hour's drive from Metochi to Moria, the team preferred to establish their base closer to the camp.
“This is an open offer, the emergency team can use the centre for accommodation and storage, and our employees there are also available. Time will show to what extent the emergency response team makes use of our offer”, says UiA Rector Sunniva Whittaker.
Many have wondered if it is not possible to open Metochi to refugees from Moria, but that is not the case. Greek authorities are responsible for handling the refugee situation on the island, and they will not allow refugees outside their own camps.
“It would also be impossible for UiA to take responsibility for the safety and health of refugees,” says Whittaker.
The Lesvos Campaign is well underway, and so far around NOK 80,000 has been raised.
“At this time, monetary aid is the most useful contribution, and we encourage everyone to give generously. The funds will provide emergency relief to the thousands who are now without a roof over their heads and who have to spend the night by the roadside. There is an urgent need for food, clothing and toiletries. We are in contact with partners on Lesvos who have started distributing emergency aid”, says coordinator Karen-Lise Scheie Knudsen.
Vipps UiA, number 103923 - UNIVERSITETET I AGDER. Select ‘Innsamling til Lesvos’ and enter the amount.
Transfer any amount to account number 7694 05 18748. Mark the payment with ‘Aksjon Lesvos’.