In a period of unprecedented economic and social crisis leading to an increase in the phenomena of xenophobia and racism, Médecins du Monde and the Greek Council for Refugees joined forces to implement the “ENOUGH!” – “ARKETA!” Incidents of racist violence and xenophobia date well before 2013. Today, despite the fact that racist violence is being characterised as “the other Greek crisis”, combating it has proven so far ineffective. The combat against racism has to be a collective social responsibility.
The aim of the project is to raise awareness and information about the painful effects of racism, to combat racist crimes and the impunity that accompanies them, to protect victims and to promote the necessary actions for the development of an official national strategy to combat the phenomenon through the preparation of a National Report. Within the framework of this project, the two organisations have taken important initiatives to address the impunity that accompanies racist crimes by ensuring medical, psychosocial and legal support for the victims and by taking all the necessary steps to effectively address the incidents.
At the same time, they visited schools and talked to students and teachers and produced audiovisual material as part of the information and awareness-raising campaign. Over a period of one year, 75 victims of racist attacks, the atrocious attack in Manolada, and many other incidents that did not see the light of publicity were recorded.