A cold cold winter

I am heading homewards soon. So, I’d like to thank you all and share some final thoughts with you. I must say, it was a cold cold winter. I saw lots of desperate people and listened to many sad stories. There were days I felt lonely and desperate myself, asking myself: ‘Do I make a […]

A perfect selfie

I met Aida, her mother, sister and little brother while they were hitchhiking along the road. I picked them up and drove them ‘home’ – to Lavriou refugee camp. Aida, 12, is a girl with twinkles in her eyes. She spontaneously tells me her story. We fled from our city Hama in Syria 9 months […]

Going crazy

Allulah, 34, lives along the railway in Athens. He fled Ethiopia many years ago. It is almost ten years now that I try to get a better life. In the beginning it was okay: I could earn some money now and then, I lived in a proper house, I had friends. But things got bad. […]

Kafka in Greece

Vasilika, refugee camp – 9 dec 2016 I have an appointment with Angelikka, coordinator of MSF (Medecins sans Frontières) to run a Trauma Workshop. Police officer at the gate: Stop – papers, please… You are not allowed to come in. You need a paper of the ministry in Athens. I saw you taking pictures – […]

Idomeni saved my life

Elena, 33, started helping the refugees after a visit to the Idomeni border camp last year. She says: ‘I could not not return there. The conditions the refugees were living in, were so miserable, I felt an instant urge to help. So I volunteered. I worked in  Idomeni for 5 months. I used to get […]

I met a hero today

I met a hero today. His name is Pixie. Pixie is the head chef of the soul food kitchen in Thessaloniki. He and his team deliver food to the refugees living in the streets. Pixie has done that before: he has been cooking for traveling refugees since the first outbreak of the refugee crisis, back […]

Frozen lives in Tabanovtsé

Visiting the Tabanovtsé refugee camp at the Macedonian – Serbian Border. Listen to this testimony of a Macedonian colleague of mine: It is heartbreaking, the lives of the refugees here are frozen for months, for years. They are numbers, live in containers, separated from the rest of us, moving freely is illegal for them. Closed […]