Greek Consul General Coming to Maine!

iphigenie-karnalasMrs. Ifigenia Kanara, Consul General of Greece in Boston, will be coming to the University of Southern Maine in Portland, 133 Wishcamper Hall at 5 p.m.,

Tuesday, October 18, 2016. A reception will follow. Mrs. Kanara will speak about the more than 1 million people, migrants and refugees, that crossed the Mediterranean Sea in 2015, fleeing war and per- secution in Syria and elsewhere. An unprecedented humanitarian crisis was sparked in Europe as transit countries were struggling to cope with the influx.

Greece found itself in the epicentre of this crisis. More than 60,000 people remain stranded across the Greece which in the midst of a severe economic crisis is trying hard to provide for those in need. The crisis has put to the test not only the European Union’s ca-

pacity to respond in a united and coordinated way, but also the western world’s readiness to address the problem collectively and in a way compatible to our common values.

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LESVOS HOSPITAL AID CONCERT

The Hellenic Society of Maine presents:
LESVOS HOSPITAL AID BENEFIT CONCERT
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

TRADITIONAL MUSIC OF MYTILENE AND ASIA MINOR
by Dean Lampros and “Skordalia” of Boston
Location: Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Tickets: $20

Help HSoM and PARTNERS FOR WORLD HEALTH ship a container of medical supplies and equipment to the Mytilene Hospital in Portland’s Sister City. Lesvos handled more than 1⁄2 million refugees this past year. That situation, and the ongoing economic crisis in all of Greece, has created shortages in health care.

To purchase tickets in advance call: Chris Ziagos at 775-3607 or Irwin Novak at 892-9831 If you cannot attend please donate.
Send, and make checks payable to, Hellenic Society of Maine, P.O. Box 598, Scarborough, ME 04070 or go to http://www.hellenicsocietyofmaine.org we JUST added an active “Donate” button.

Talk on Refugee crisis on Lesvos

LesvosThe island of Lesvos in the northern Aegean Sea has become the gateway for the wave of migrants and refugees that are flooding into Europe through Greece. As of last count, more than half of the nearly one million people who have come through Greece in 2015 first landed on Lesvos. Portland, Maine and Mytilene, Lesvos are Sister Cities.

In a talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, Prof. Irwin Novak and Mary Snell will recount their experience on Lesvos this past October when they witnessed this historic migration first hand – a crisis which has shaken the entire European continent. The talk takes place in Room 133 Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus. Sponsored by the Hellenic Society of Maine, it is free and open to the public. FMI – 892-9831

In their PowerPoint presentation Novak and Snell – who have spent the past 25 summers on Lesvos — will show videos of raft landings, will discuss the thorny issues of border controls, and introduce their audience to some of the people of the island (symbolically nominated this year for the Nobel Peace Prize) who have been helping with this crisis even though their lives have been turned upside down.

Contact: Mary Snell – 892-9831