Red Cross ends provision of services in Softex/Kordelio camp

20 July 2017
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The Red Cross which has been providing services to the residents of Softex/Kordelio camp in the outskirts of Thessaloniki, since the camp was established in March 2016 after the dismantling of the Idomeni makeshift camp. However, the Red Cross will end the provision of some services in Softex/Kordelio as of 31st July 2017.

The provision of health, psychosocial support, maintenance of shower facilities, site cleaning, hygiene promotion and water and sanitation (WASH) services through the Basic Health Clinic of the Red Cross in Softex/Kordelio will be terminated on the 31st July 2017 as well as the Site Management and Support (SMS) services. Softex/Kordelio site was opened as a temporary solution in 2016 when Idomeni was evacuated and, as such, it was not included in the list of long-term camps released by the Greek authorities in February 2017. The Red Cross extended its presence in Softex until the end of Juy 2017 to enable progressive evacuation of the camp.

The Red Cross has been advocating for several months for the closure of Softex/Kordelio camp because it is not an appropriate camp for accommodation of people. Furthermore, have been reporting to the authorities frequently on the security situation of the site that has significantly deteriorated in the last few months. Therefore, with the end of our services we encourage all stakeholders to do their best to provide alternative accommodation solution for people that want to leave the camp.

The Red Cross has started this week, an information campaign through our community volunteers and distribution of flyers in the resident’s languages of the site, to inform the people that the services of the Red Cross will end on the 31st of July 2017, but also to inform them to where they can find assistance and services like basic health needs in the urban area of Thessaloniki. In addition, they will be informed of services that the Red Cross will continue such as the Cash Transfer Programme (CTP) and Restoring Family LInks (RFL).

“Living within the Greek community outside of the camp is the right thing to do. Getting into a European society will bring a big change for us…” says, an Iraqi family residing in Softex/Kordelio camp.

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