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”
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
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
Yesterday, our school principal showed me a photo: a trail of blood, an unidentifiable heap of body parts, and a street full of debris. The next photo showed a dead man's face covered in blood. The photos were much more gruesome than anything that's usually published. These weren't newspaper photos; they were from his friends … Continue reading Terror doesn’t rest
En solo 5 dias, el equipo de Armando Aid ha visto mejoras considerables en la recién estrenada escuelita. Esta es la primera semana de clases con un equipo de 5 profesores. Anteriormente, María y Ruth habían estado enseñando a 46 niños y organizándolo todo ellas solas, pobrecitas. Durante dos semanas tuvieron a alguien ayudándoles, después … Continue reading En Farsi “siéntate por favor,” se dice “Lotfan, bishin”
El campamento donde trabajamos esta mayormente lleno de Afganos en búsqueda de asilo y algunos iraníes que acaban de llegar recientemente. Dos nuevos autobuses de refugiados y solicitantes de asilo llegaron esta semana al campamento, llenando el campamento y doblando el numero de alumnos en las clases. El campamento era originalmente solo de tiendas en … Continue reading Los Afganos también son humanos
The camp we're working at is filled with mostly Afghan asylum-seekers and a few Iranis who have recently arrived. New busloads of refugees and asylum seekers came twice already this week, doubling our school and filling up the warehouse. The camp was originally just tents on the lot around an abandoned factory. Now, the … Continue reading “Afghans are humans, too.”