Refugee Rescue were first founded in response to the inadequate search and rescue provision after 2015, when thousands of displaced people began arriving on Lesvos. Based on the island’s north shores, the rescue team use a specialist ex-RNLI speedboat to quickly reach those in peril.
Syrian refugees experience all kinds of trauma due to the brutality of war and the uncertainty of migration and resettlement. Currently, four million of Syria’s 5.6 million displaced people reside in Turkey, but their troubles are far from over. Many have been separated from their families, and are vulnerable to crimes such as robbery, torture and violence.
Last year, a World Health Organisation report found that 86,000 Syrians had suffered wounds leading to amputation…
But this figure is likely to be significantly higher as many people remain confined to their homes after their injuries. The extreme lack of functioning hospitals and medics still in the country has further increased the need for amputation, pushing up demand for a limited number of prosthetics. In neighbouring countries, up to 90 per cent of refugees live below the poverty line, so paying for prosthetics is often out of the question.