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Icelandic Red Cross Sends Delegate to Greece

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Icelandic Red Cross Sends Delegate to Greece

Refugees on Lesbos, Greece

New arrivals trying to register in Lesbos, Greece, in October. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Icelandic Red Cross has sent a delegate, Páll Biering, associate professor in psychiatric nursing, to Greece. This is the first time this century that Iceland sends a delegate to a country within Europe.

The Icelandic Red Cross has also donated ISK 13 million (USD 99,000, EUR 92,400) in response to an appeal for help from the International Red Cross Federation and Red Crescent Societies to fund urgent assistance due to the flow of refugees into Greece. The funds will be used for food, health care, distribution of hygiene kits and assistance helping people get in touch with their friends and relatives.

More than 600,000 refugees have arrived in Greece so far this year with the stream of individuals having increased substantially during the past three months. Over 300,000 people have come to Lesbos, an island of just two square kilometers (.77 square miles).

Volunteers and staff of the Hellenic Red Cross have been working day and night to provide assistance to those in need, according to the Icelandic Red Cross. The massive need for help has severley limited the financial capacity of Greek aid organizations.

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