“You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.” Somali-British poet Warsan Shire

“You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.” Somali-British poet Warsan Shire 

“The sea went black,” said Doaa. “I heard people screaming, and water crashing. I felt like I was going to drown.”

Women from the Mediterranean

You can change the life of brave refugees like her. Start your monthly gift today.

Dear Kevin,

When their searchlights found her, the crew of the merchant vessel were astonished. Doaa, a thin, dehydrated 19-year old girl, was floating precariously on a child’s life ring, clutching two babies whose mothers had drowned in the dark water of the Mediterranean Sea.

“Save her,” the exhausted mother of the 18-month-old baby told her, “I will not survive.” Then she gave up and let the sea take her life.

Doaa was one of just eleven survivors of that trip but she is among thousands of asylum-seekers, mainly from Syria, who have made the harrowing journey across the sea seeking refuge from conflict.

Her fierce spirit of survival — and her courage to save others even though she herself couldn’t swim — inspires me. If she inspires you too, please know that what happens next for Doaa and others like her might be in your hands right now.

With the support of generous donors, UN Refugee Agency teams are working with overwhelmed local authorities in Greece to help provide lifesaving assistance, medical and shelter facilities and protection services to the thousands of refugees who have made the harrowing journey across the sea. But as more and more people flee your support is needed now to scale up and reach as many people as possible.

You can honor Doaa’s bravery and give her and other survivors hope of a bright future with a generous gift today. Will you start a monthly gift to USA for UNHCR today to send lifesaving support to the Mediterranean and wherever it’s needed most?

Here is what your generous gift can provide:

  • Survivor packs for Greek authorities to use on board their search and rescue operations at sea including towels, thermal blankets, dry clothes and shoes, and more;
  • Vital medical care for wounds asylum seekers may have carried all the way from Syria, Iraq, and other countries;
  • Safe shelter and sanitation including family tents and sleeping mats and installing plumbing in makeshift shelters asylum seekers are staying in.

Can you help us meet the overwhelming needs in the Mediterranean and around the world by starting your monthly gift today?

Thank you for your continued support of families in desperate situations — your commitment is hope for people like Doaa and so many more around the world.


Anne-Marie Grey
Executive Director and CEO

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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