Hello everyone, Check out this podcast that Shanna produced for the Columbia Alumni Association. It's based on a lecture that an esteemed scholar, Professor Robert Young, did last year at the Columbia Global Center in Amman, Jordan. He talks a lot about the refugee routes that we became familiar with through our work in Greece. … Continue reading Podcast: the refugee route then and now
We adamantly oppose the recent inhumane actions taken by President Trump concerning refugees and asylum-seekers. Read the full text of the Executive Order here, and ask us for more information about our work with refugees, our education regarding migration policies and our personal stories of these experiences. The fact that President Trump signed the discriminatory executive … Continue reading The Holocaust and Refugees
Check out the recent article Shanna wrote, featured on both the Columbia University alumni website and on their alumni blog: ColumbiaYou The word is still getting out there! Stay tuned for some updates.
Since the United Nations met last week to talk about the refugee and migration situation, I thought I'd share some updates with you. In the policy and politic world... The UN passed the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants Response last week. They promised to make more promises and make a big decision in 2018. While … Continue reading Did you know?
Chetor hasteen, Bilal? When you taught us bits of Dari every day at camp, you always refused to teach us how to say, "goodbye." We asked you why, especially since the words for "see you later" were so difficult for our Western pronunciation. You said so poetically, "I don't like to say goodbye." You were a … Continue reading “I don’t like to say goodbye”
La puesta de sol sobre el mar Jónico ya había pasado hacía horas, saliendo desde el puerto de Patras en una cálida oscuridad. Llevábamos ya largo rato en las filas para entrar al ferri que salía a la media noche hacia Venecia. Aburridos mirábamos a los agentes de seguridad revisando los remolques de los … Continue reading Corriendo a por la libertad
The Ionian sunset over turquoise water had long faded on the horizon, leaving the port of Patras in warm darkness. We sat in a long line of cars and tractor-trailers passing through security to board the midnight ferry to Venice. Bored, we watched the security guys checking each semi truck from top to bottom, scanning … Continue reading Running for freedom
Me he ido encontrando con estas ideas a lo largo de los años. Trabajando con inmigrantes en España o incluso siendo un inmigrante en otros países, pero lo cierto es que en el campamento de refugiados al norte de Atenas algunos de estos conceptos te golpean en la cara tan pronto como interactúas con cualquier persona de esta … Continue reading 5 ideas para entender a los refugiados
Cristian, the co-thinker of Pocket Philosophies, takes a moment here to reflect on what we saw and learned during our experience with the refugees in Greece. I’ve been thinking about these ideas for years. I’ve worked with immigrants in Spain and have even been an immigrant myself in several countries. But the truth is that … Continue reading 5 Things to Know about Refugees
We recently visited Ritsona, a refugee camp only 15 minutes away from our Oinofyta camp school. Ritsona has around 600 refugees, most of whom are Syrian or Iraqi, staying in tents across what used to be a Greek military camp. The camp has some lovely trees that provide shade, and the volunteers have worked hard … Continue reading Iraqi refugee teaches young men to make music