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GRIME AID

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A big thanks to the Jazz Café for hosting our second Grime Aid event. We were able to raise £2,000 to be used to provide more aid within the refugee camps.

Julie Adenuga kicked of the second Grime Aid event with the following message:

“What’s a refugee ? A refugee is someone who’s had to leave their country. They’ve had to leave their country because there’s war, there’s real things going on and they can’t go home. Tonight as much as we’re here to have fun, we need to remember that it’s not just a word. These people are doctors, students, they’re us right now…”

This simple but powerful message set the tone for the rest of the evening. Everyone came together to donate money and watch performances from Abra Cadabra, The Heavy Trackers, Prezident T and Double S. As well as a special guest performance from Kojey Radical.

It was another amazing night, where the feeling of love was overwhelming. Thank you to all those who performed, all those who donated, and all those that attended!

Road to Idomeni 2

Last month my team and I travelled to Idomeni on the border of Greece and Macedonia, what lies within this hopeless makeshift camp is a segregated group of forgotten, desperate souls who have nothing left, except hope. The hope that perhaps one day their fellow humans will locate their hearts and open the borders offering a safe passage to a life every human being deserves.

Nothing prepares you for the travesties you bear witness to when visiting a place like this nor do you ever get used to hearing the cries of women and children or seeing  the looks of despair on strong men’s faces, a real humanitarian catastrophe I never expected to see in my lifetime.

I feel compelled to make the journey back to these people who are stuck in such a high degree of hopelessness so together with the team, I shall be returning to Idomeni, Macedonia from May 6th – 14th to provide food, clothing, hygiene or whatever is needed.

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Road to Idomeni

The Festival of Sadness

When asked to write a blog post about our trip, I felt overwhelmed, it’s difficult to articulate an experience like this, especially as so much happened while we were out there. Here goes, a snapshot of my experience…

At first, I was very anxious about going on this trip simply because of the mental and emotional strain the previous trip (Road To Macedonia) had on me. Other team members and my family were concerned with my well-being and rightly so, I was crying near enough everyday leading up to Road To Idomeni but that could not stop my determination to see this trip through, at the end of the day it’s not about me.

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We arrived at Skopje airport shortly after midnight on Thursday 24th and was greeted by our Macedonian contact, who kindly arranged our accommodation for the night. The apartment was located in the city centre, with a view that took my breath away! It was a bit surreal actually, knowing that the next morning we would make our way south to Idomeni (Greece), where 12,000+ refugees were still stranded at the Greek/Macedonia border, living in makeshift tents and squalid conditions with hardly any access to clean water facilities.

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Road to Samos

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After heading back from Serbia last month where we provided much aid to the refugees at the Croatian border and Calais the month before, we decided to head to the shores of Samos, a tiny Greek island in the Aegean Sea.

As the refugee crisis worsens with the winter creeping in, countless innocent lives are further lost. These children, women and men escaped death in their own countries yet it caught up with them as they searched for safety.

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Many, just this month alone have drowned in the Aegean Sea desperately trying to make that treacherous journey across the water. Those who are not taken by the water later succumb to hypothermia and other such illnesses due to the lack of aid and resources there. It is horrific to know that these people are dying in Europe, humanity is failing.

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