UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri, acclaimed singer and humanitarian, is the latest in a round of celebrities to focus on Greece this week. She will accompany UNICEF Central and Eastern Europe Regional Director Marie-Pierre Poirier on a four-day visit that studies the impact of the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis in Europe and ways of alleviating its impact on children.
The two UNICEF officials will witness the work that is being done to help refugee and migrant children and their families in Athens and Piraeus. “The extraordinary resolve shown by ordinary Greek people, the government and civil society in helping thousands of refugees and migrants must be saluted,” said Poirier ahead of her visit, adding that Greece “cannot do it alone.” Poirier pledged that UNICEF would scale up its response together with the government, local humanitarian partners and other UN agencies to provide more support for children.
22,000 children are estimated to be among the 55,000 migrants and refugees stranded in Greece and hosted in 35 camps and other venues on mainland Greece and the islands.