Musician Joby Fox seeks help for mission to Lesbos
A Belfast musician who spent two weeks in Lesbos saving desperate Syrian refugees has returned home to raise a permanent rescue team of volunteers to work full-time on the Greek island.
A founder member of the Bankrobbers and Energy Orchard, and now a human rights activist, Joby Fox has set up a new website calling on volunteers to go to the crisis-stricken island - and to raise funds for vital life-saving equipment, including a rescue boat to help pluck exhausted people from the sea.
He said the number of volunteers and organisations operating on the island was pitifully inadequate to meet the needs of the sheer volume of refugees trying to make it to safety.
"The big problem is that the smugglers on the Turkish side launch the refugees in dinghies which are totally unsuitable for that particular stretch of sea. Lives are lost daily. This is a war without bombs, which we must win."
"I am asking people to help raise funds for a boat to help these disenfranchised people. I will also help co-ordinate an action team to guide the refugees in with lights to avoid rocks," he said.
The team will work with other groups to provide medical care, dry clothes, and transport, especially for children.
Joby and the group will be leaving in three weeks and will bring equipment such as industrial heaters to help those suffering from hypothermia.
While in Lesbos, Joby worked with a Swiss team helping to pull men, women and children from the sea.
Anyone interested in joining Joby Fox's team to help relieve suffering in Lesbos or to provide funds for equipment should visit refugeerescue.co.uk