Papa Stratis the ‘Savior’ of Refugees in Lesvos Passes Away



papa-stratisGreek Orthodox priest Papa Stratis was only 57 years old but the work that he left behind changed the lives of many people and will be remembered forever. The Greek priest, also known by the name Efstratios Dimou carried the Cross of thousands of people, helping migrants and refugees who arrived on the Greek island of Lesvos.

He founded the NGO Agalia (Embrace) which offered comfort and medical assistance to the thousands of migrants and refugees in Lesvos.

Papa Stratis suffered from chronic respiratory problems, and he was on permanent oxygen supply, but that never stopped him. He worked tirelessly to rescue the migrants for many years. He was a pioneer inspiring hundreds of people.

“What I see are people. People in need. I cannot turn them away, nor can I kick them, nor imprison them,” he told Amnesty International in an interview a few years ago. “I cannot send them back to where they came from. Nor can I throw them in the sea to drown.”

“I have seen young children with blisters on their feet and pregnant women holding their bellies and crying from pain. These people are not migrants, they do not choose to come here. They are the children of war, fleeing from bullets,” he added.

Papa Stratis passed away on Wednesday, September 2, after slipping into a coma. His cancer may have defeated him, but before he left he had already won other, more important battles.


3 COMMENTS

  1. “Under the guise of an ‘anti-racist bill,’ resistance to jihad terror and Islamic supremacism is being criminalized in Greece, where Islamic supremacists cannily use charges of ‘racism’ to demonize and marginalize all those who oppose their insidious agenda, just as they do in the USA, aided and abetted by their leftist and paleocon allies and useful idiots. Your children will be slaves of Muslims.” said Bishop Amvrosios. 
    See more at: https://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/09/29/bishop-amvrosios-against-jihadists/

    This “anti-racism” bill which imposes prison terms of several years for promoting racism and fines of up to €100,000 to individuals for “promoting racism” was introduced in 2014 by the ND-PASOK coalition regime, led by Antonis Samaras.
    https://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/09/09/anti-racism-bill-gets-necessary-parliamentary-majority/
    Interestingly, denying the significance of the Jewish holocaust is punished with fines and imprisonment by this “anti-racism” bill, whilst denying the genocide of Pontian Greeks or the Greeks of Asia Minor is NOT punished by this “anti-racism” bill. https://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/08/20/new-anti-racism-law-to-be-discussed-in-parliament/

    This New Democracy introduced anti-racism bill is clearly aimed at preventing Greek citizens from speaking out about the illegal immigrant crime wave that is plagueing Greece, ranging from petty to violent crime, for fear of being accused of “promoting racism,” & having a lengthy prison term or hefty fine imposed on them.
    Imagine the scenario of a young Greek male getting into a verbal altercation with an illegal Pakistani immigrant who is loitering near his home or who is harassing him, all the Pakistani has to do is accuse him of making a racist statement and the young man will spend the next year or more being dragged through the courts having to defend himself against these accusations, & God help him if a single newspaper from Greece’s 3rd most popular political party Golden Dawn is found in his home, his conviction and sentencing would be virtually assured.

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