Lesbos

Lesbos

 

In September and October 2021 I worked as a medical volunteer in a refugee camp on Lesbos (via Boat Refugee Foundation). Lesbos is a Greek island, only 7 km from the Turkish mainland. (In the context of privacy, the refugees are described under a fictitious name, age and nationality). 

 

Release & Embrace

Release & Embrace

Lesbos. On the one hand, a beautiful island, sun, sea, beach, and countless terraces. On the other side Kara Teppe II, the camp where freedom is hard to find. Where the police decide whether or not you can leave the camp today. Where many women have a...

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Harde muur

Solid wall

A 19-year-old boy enters with a painful swollen hand. He says he hit a hard wall. It looks swollen, can hardly move and severe shaft pressure pain. That could well be broken.. I ask my colleague...

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Tragedie…

Tragedy…

Update number 5! At the beginning of this week I had a fever and a cold Despite my vaccination and negative rapid test, I also had to have a PCR test, which meant that I couldn't work for two shifts. While I waited in my room for the results, it escalated enormously into...

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Leven

Life

Another week gone by, experienced enough to write a full book (but I'll keep it short). I thought the highlight was the 31-year-old woman from Iraq who came to me with complaints that indicated a possible pregnancy. After I examined the urine and...

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Red case!

Red case!

Unconscious and hypothermic, 26-year-old Tanhu from Iraq lies in the emergency room after failing to drown himself in the cold water. 🌊 It feels a bit double to continue with the consultations for the other patients, while my colleagues...

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Daar lig je…

Defeated?!

Blue, flashing flashing lights stand out against the clear sky. Curious, I walk to the entrance of the medical post, where a police officer hastily gets out of the car. There is a man in urgent need of help, unable to come to the post....

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Enerverende start!

Energetic start!

Thursday evening I arrived, after a prosperous journey, on Lesvos; a Greek island, only 7 km from the Turkish mainland. Here I stay in a guesthouse of the Boat Refugee Foundation, together with about 15 other volunteers. Friday was in...

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