“We can do better.”
That, from a BC woman who recently returned from the Greek Island of Lesvos where she was helping refugees.
Melie DeChamplain says Canada can – and should – do more to aid in the largest humanitarian crisis in recent memory.
The Cowichan Valley nurse spent two weeks volunteering with the Lighthouse Relief Organization in Lesvos, providing medical support to Syrian refugees arriving on boat from Turkey.
SEE: Life inside a Greek refugee camp on the isle of Lesvos
She says Canada needs to help find a solution to stop the dangerous sea crossings.
“I would be hoping that Canada would take a lead in looking for those type of solutions. It’s a very dangerous journey that people have to do and I’m sure we can do better as a community.”
DeChamplain says there’s also a big problem with smugglers selling phony life jackets to desperate Syrians headed for the Greek island.
“This is quite troubling to know that refugees are obliged to pay alot of money to buy life jackets from the smugglers but the life jackets they don’t work they don’t float. They are made with wraps you put around the computer. Some of them, they actually fill with water and actually sink them instead of helping them to survive.”
DeChamplain says most refugees arrive on the island soaking wet and on the edge of hypothermia.