Dirty Girls is proud to be pioneering the use of the simple environmental practice of washing used materials in humanitarian relief efforts: with the vision that it will become the status quo for the larger international humanitarian agencies and refugee host governments.

Dirty Girls washes (to hospital standards), blankets, sleeping bags and other materials so that they can be reused, rather than the present practices of most International Non Government Organisations – the cavalier trashing of all materials and replacement with new ones.

Dirty Girls was initiated in 2015, so that good quality wet and dirty clothing discarded by thousands of people fleeing war and terror, arriving by sea on the island of Lesvos, would not be trashed.

Dirty Girls uses huge capacity machines, washing to hospital standards.

Now about 60,000 people live in sub standard camps all over Greece. The borders to other countries are closed so they are trapped.

Washing their blankets and sleeping bags is necessary for comfort, health and dignity. Without Dirty Girls washing them, they would be trashed and replaced. 

Dirty Girls uses three huge commercial laundries in Lesvos, Athens and Northern Greece.

Dirty Girls operations are funded by donors from all over the world: people with a common compassion for other people who have become refugees, and a concern for our shared environment.

So far, Dirty Girls has saved over 700 tons of material from landfill.

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For people living outside Greece, the media blackout on refugees suggests that desperate people are no longer arriving on the islands. They are. On Lesvos alone, nearly 10,000 people are living, with more arriving each day.MONTHLY STATISTICS, JULY 2018

So far this year, the increase in boats arriving on the Greek islands is up 38,5%, people arriving is up a staggering 45,2%, compared to same period in 2017.

In July 84 boats have arrived on the Greek islands, with a total of 2580 people. This is a increase from June, when 71 boats arrived in total, with 2486 people. Boats arriving is up 18,3%, people arriving is up 3,8%.

Lesvos:
In total 33 boats arrived on Lesvos in July, with a total of 1294 people. In June 27 boats arrived with a total of 1039 people. Boats arriving is up 22,2% from June, people arriving is up 24,5%. Official numbers on the island is 9738 people, in June this number was 9396 people, up 3,6%. In July 820 people have been transported to the mainland from Lesvos, in June this number was 712 people. So transfers to mainland is up 15,2%.

Chios:
In total 16 boats arrived on Chios in July, with a total of 555 people. In June 9 boats arrived with a total of 323 people. Boats arriving is up 77,8%, people arriving is up 71,8%, compared to June. Official numbers on the island is 2307 people. In July 436 people have been transported to the mainland from Chios, in June this number was 232 people. So transfers to mainland is up 87,9%.

Samos:
In total 9 boats arrived on Samos in July, with a total of 262 people. In June 20 boats arrived with a total of 822 people. Boats arriving is down 55% from June, people arriving is down 68,1%. Numbers on the island is 2917 people. In July 281 people have been transported to the mainland from Samos, in June this number was 279 people. So transfers to mainland is almost identical, up 0,7% compared to June.

Other Aegean islands not in my list, have also had arrivals. Islands like Kos, Rhodes, Tilos and Leros, etc. In July the other islands have had 26 boats, with a total of 469 people. In June they had 15 boats, with a total of 302 people. Boats arriving is up 73,3% compared to June, people arriving is up 55,3%. Official number on the other islands is 2398 people.
In July 242 people have been transported to the mainland from other islands, in June this number was 174 people. So transfers to mainland is up 39,1%.

Turkish Coast Guard (TCG) / Turkish police, have stopped a total of 71 boats to reach the Greek islands in July 2018, with a total of 2769 people. So far this year TCG/Police have stopped 483 boats, with a total of 20107 people.

In July TCG have stopped 62 boats in the Aegean Sea on their way to the Greek islands, with a total of 2435 people. In June they stopped 55 boats, with a total of 1926 people. Number of boats stopped in July is up 12,7%, number of people is up 26,4%.

Also people have been stopped on land before they started their boat trip towards Greece. In July Turkey police have stopped 11 boats from departing, with a total of 384 people. In June they stopped 15 on land, with a total of 599 people. Boats stopped on land by police is down 26,7% compared to June, people stopped are down 35,9%.

A total of 1779 people have been transported to the mainland in July. In June this number was 1397 people. Transfers to mainland is up 27,3% compared to June.

In July 2017, a total of 55 boats arrived on the Greek islands, with a total of 2171 people. Compared to 2017 boats arriving of the month is up 52,7%, people arriving is up 18,8%.

So far this year 915 boats have tried to reach the Greek islands, with a total of 36479 people. Only 432 boats made it, with a total of 16372 people. The rest, 483 boats, with a total of 20107 people were arrested by the Turkish Coast Guard or police.

Total official numbers on the Greek islands is 18284 people.

Over 18000 people are living under undignified conditions on the Greek islands. Grassroot organizations and international NGOs working on the islands need all the support they can get. They are doing their best to restore humanity for desperate displaced people. So please share this post to make awareness of the current situation!
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