A lack of local-language, actionable information is putting refugees and migrants at undue risk. Solutions-from megaphones to smartphone apps-can save lives. Your help now can ensure Internews is able to provide life-saving information - maps and details about where to find assistance on Lesvos and throughout Europe; the ability to get online and access apps and tools to help navigate their journey; and newsletters that combat the spread of rumors and misinformation.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have made a desperate choice. When faced with the option of remaining in an increasingly war-torn country versus the risks of treacherous ocean crossings and long treks through uncertain terrain, thousands have chosen the latter. From Turkey through Lesvos and onward through the Balkans, a lack of current, local information makes many vulnerable to kidnappers, traffickers and smugglers; others simply travel for days to find a border recently closed.
In the few weeks we've been on the ground in Lesvos, Internews has focused on meeting basic needs for information. For example, we've hired fishmonger trucks and loudspeakers to drive around the island, broadcasting information about where to register or how to access medical help in Arabic. Still so much more needs to be done. You can help us provide simple tools like power and connectivity, as well as establishing a news service that will help refugees along their difficult journey.
Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. Our goal is simple: to ensure access to quality information so that people can make informed decisions that keep their families safe. You can help ease refugees' transition into Europe and help them connect to aid and assistance.