The American Hellenic Institute is saddened by the destruction caused by wildfires in the Attica region of Greece, just outside of Athens. The fires have already claimed at least 79 lives, left dozens missing, decimated homes, and disrupted the lives of thousands of Greek citizens and tourists alike. One of those rescued from the fires proclaimed, "thankfully the sea was there and we went into the sea, because the flames were chasing us all the way to the water, it burned our backs and we dove into the water."
The international support for Greece has been inspiring. The United States has committed unarmed aerial drones to assist with the search and rescue. Cyprus and Israel, the tripartite partners of Greece, have committed equipment, personnel, and relief funds. Greece's other EU and international partners, including Turkey, have also pledged their support.
Now more than ever, it is imperative that the Greek-American community rally and unite to help the people of Greece during this recent and dire crisis. Food, water, clothing, and shelter will all be needed during this recovery process. Please consider donating what you can to the Greek Wild Fire Relief Fund organized by the Order of AHEPA. As the oldest and largest Greek-American organization in America, AHEPA has served as the premier charitable and philanthropic organization for almost 100 years.
Together, we can help the people of Greece in their darkest hour.