A moving photo of an elderly lady taken during the fires that devastated the island of Evia, Greece was chosen on Wednesday as one of the four Best Photos of 2021 by TIME magazine.
Taken by Konstantinos Tsakalidis of the SOOC agency, the photo embodied the horror and fear that reigned on Evia and in other parts of Greece in August of this year, when blazes raced through forests and villages, destroying acreage and homes in their paths.
The forests of Evia were among the worst affected by the wildfires, with valuable woodlands that covered the mountains of the island destroyed in the hellish conflagration.
One third of Evia’s forests destroyed in August fires
According to the meteorological service of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), a total of 126,023 acres (51,000 hectares) was burned on the northern part of the island of Evia. That is the equivalent of the 1/3 of the island’s forests.
Greek Reporter’s initiative was to organize a fundraiser and oversee the distribution of the funds directly to fire victims, bypassing any state bureaucracy and verifying the recipients that were gravely affected by the fires. Our team of journalists were in Mandoudi recently and spoke to city officials and some recipients of the aid.
The response of the Greek Diaspora and philhellenes surpassed all expectations, as the total amount collected via the GoFundMe platform (https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-evia-greece), which was delivered to the fire victims, came to an incredible $172,072.00.