One Happy Family temporarily closed due to Covid-19 restrictions
The situation on the Greek islands has been challenging for years, but unfortunately it has become even more acute in recent months.
After aggression-loaded demonstrations, the anger of everyone involved, the verbal and physical attacks on volunteers and journalists and the resulting very insecure situation for everyone forced us to temporarily close One Happy Family at the end of February.
On Saturday, March 7th, the School of Peace building has been put on fire by arson and has been completely destroyed by the flames. The offices in the main building burned down completely and there has been lots of smoke and water damage. Fortunately, no people were injured.
In the last weeks the cleaning and reconstruction of our main building and the whole OHF area took place. We would be ready to reopen. But due to the worldwide pandemic of the Corona virus the Greek authorities decided to extend again the restrictive measures for refugees and asylum seekers living in the Aegean camps, including Moria RIC. We strongly condemn that people are stuck in overcrowded camps, lacking water, with insufficient medical facilities and nowhere to go. Thus as well not to One Happy Family – Community Centre. A place that has been a resting, calming and positive space for so many.
We will continue fighting for human rights for everyone and will provide the safe space of OHF as soon as possible.
More information can be found on our social media and in our monthly newsletter.
We thank you for your continuous support even in this insecure phase.
The team of One Happy Family
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