Actress Vanessa Redgrave in Athens to highlight plight of refugees

5 January 2016
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World-famous actress, activist and Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Redgrave on Tuesday paid a visit to the Open Reception Centre for refugees and migrants in Elaionas, during her visit to Athens.

Redgrave praised the humanity shown by Greece toward the waves of migrants and refugees arriving in the country and said that other governments must also assume responsibility, since Greece was unable to cope with the refugee crisis alone.

She particularly praised the residents of Greek islands and volunteers arriving from all parts of the world to help the refugees, urging people everywhere to exert pressure on their governments for a more positive approach to the refugees issue.

She was accompanied on her visit by Alternate Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas and Athens Mayor George Kaminis, as well as the Greek actress Mimi Denisi and American playwright Martin Sherman, holding talks with people residing at the centre on their prospects and the plight of those that are not recognised as refugees and become trapped in Greece.

On Wednesday, Redgrave and Sherman will attend a performance of the play “My Smyrne, beloved” put on by Mimi Denissi at the Hellenic Cosmos theatre to raise sensitivity on refugee issues, in a story dealing with the Greek populations of Izmir that came to Greece as refugees in the early 20th century.

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