Basque NGO to leave Chios after municipality opposes plan for refugee clinic

23 April 2017
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Basque NGO Salvamento Maritimo Humanitario (SMH) announced on Saturday it is ending all its activities on Chios and leaving the island after local residents opposed the group’s initiative to operate a health center for refugees and migrants.

Island mayor Manolis Vournous told SMH’s head Inigo Mijangos that the municipality had not been informed about their plans to build a clinic and that local residents had voted against the plan in a council meeting.

The NGO planned to set up the health center in a former private clinic.

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