Kayla Halsey I was feeling a bit of pressure at work this week having been asked to share a hope story for the weekly staff meeting during this completely unprecedented time of chaos and uncertainty. I debated between sharing an anecdote about my time volunteering in the refugee crisis (which can be hopeful but also… Read More A story of hope from another time of unprecedented uncertainty to remind us how life always perseveres…
Volunteer Milos Markicevic interviews migrants of the recently evacuated Belgrade Barracks camp in Serbia.… Read More “I saw a lot of problems before in Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran… So when I arrived here I felt a bit more safe. They’re not torturing and doing bad things to refugees here, they’re good with people.”
Robert Altermoser, an independent photojournalist who has spent 4 weeks at the camp, believes that the Belgrade water front construction is being used as an excuse to remove the migrants from public view.
… Read More Inhabitants of Belgrade’s Migrant Barracks Camp Receive a Less Than Friendly Eviction Notice from Serbian Government
A Confession Written by Rick Melling One day the jungle was burning. The government were taking apart the southern sector of the site, and many of the Kurds and Afghans had decided to burn down their shelters rather than let the police have them. I had recently accepted a reporting task from one of the… Read More “The problem certainly hadn’t gone away, in fact it had been made much, much worse – but at least that terrible place which had burned so many times in my dreams was returning to nothing again.”
Although unconfirmed by official sources, individuals from Moria Refugee Camp in Lesvos, Greece and local residents claim that around 10:40pm last night on November 24, 2016, a woman and her two children burned alive inside their tent in the family compound within the camp. After a bottle of cooking gas exploded inside their nylon tent, the flammable shelter… Read More Gas explosion inside Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece kills one woman and her two children
It had been perhaps the most valiant time in my life, and not even in retrospect, not yet. I saw myself in pictures carrying heavy equipment through the pissing rain and underneath icy mountains with a big laughing smile across my face, hiding perhaps embarrassment or anguish, I can’t remember. White teeth smiling out from… Read More A Fishing Machine by Rick Melling
For a landing at Korakas my job was to try to guide the boat into the safest beach, the one on the east. … Read More “There were no injuries that day, no hypothermia, only relief at the end of a difficult and dangerous chapter, and worry about an uncertain future.”
Read on to experience a day as a lighthouse night watch volunteer for migrant boats crossing the Aegean Sea to Lesvos, Greece. … Read More “Living at Korakas, you sleep surrounded by monuments to the crisis, an elephant graveyard for this mass migration.”
Volunteer Scott Hamilton explains the deception behind the “Freedom Papers” distributed in May to migrants in Moria Detention Center.
Lesvos, Greece… Read More “It’s been 2 weeks since the riots in Moria and as usual everything has changed completely.”
Volunteer Tom Fernandes describes his admiration for the collaboration of NGO’s he witnessed during his time in Lesvos, Greece.… Read More “These are the people who have been forgotten.” Written by Tom Fernandes