Compassion Leads British Family to Help Refugees in Greece

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October 27, 2015 14:15 EDT

With an escalating refugee crisis around the world, a British family is helping thousands of migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos.

British artist Eric Kempson and his family have lived on the Greek island of Lesbos for the past 16 years. Recently, the island has become a focal point of the European refugee crisis, with tens of thousands fleeing wars in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia landing on Lesbos since spring 2015 alone.

Eric became involved in helping refugees in February after finding baby life jackets on the beach—something that really affected him.

Aside from his wife and daughter, and a small group of local volunteers, there is no one to help the thousands of people coming on shore every day.

For his altruism, Eric has been met with antagonism from the local Greek population. But this has not dissuaded the volunteers from helping those in most dire need with not only logistical assistance, but also basic human compassion.

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