A life in the Taleban’s shadow

Almost two years ago, I first saw Greek rescue boats bringing in people to the harbour of Molyvos, Lesbos. One of the 40 on board that day was 19-year old Naser Moradi. He along with 12 other young Afghan boys and men stood soaking wet in the sun on the jetty. They were cold, but…

Greece: What happened to the fundamental values of the EU?

The European Union’s fundamental values are respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. These values unite all the member states – no country that does not recognise these values can belong to the Union[1].

Greece: Desperation docks at the Port of Piraeus

The small colourful festival tents are placed side by side in old derelict warehouses, on the quay and in- as well as outside terminal buildings. In the squalor adults sleep, sit or stand around – waiting – whilst children try to pass time with play or resign to stare into empty space. With 6000+ desperate…

Greece: Confusion forces refugees and migrants off the Greek islands

As always when the ferry to Athens is about to dock at Samos Harbour, hundreds of refugees and migrants wait on the quay with their registrations papers in hand. Normally, they are excited to be leaving the island and start their trek to Northern Europe, but this week some seems rather more hesitant. One of…

A plea for Europe 2016

After venturing through seven European countries and travelling approximately 4000 km by boat, train and bus from Lesbos and Samos via Athens to Karlsruhe, the refugee crisis is perhaps more tangible to me, but still startling in its complexity and forever changing. There are so many borders, people, interests and politicians involved, so many powers…

Greece: A place of beauty and death

This is the story of an extraordinary unknown hero. One of those, who works tirelessly for others every day and have done so for years. This is the story of Katina Arvaniti, who 10 days ago helped save the lives of babies and children on a beach below her house on Samos, whilst at the…

Grækenland: Den lille pige med lusene

På havnen i Samos By har en mor med seks børn boet i snart 10 dage. Faderen til børnene fik et hjerteanfald, da de kom over med båden fra Tyrkiet, og mens han er indlagt på hospitalet venter resten af familien på havnen. Da moderen bruger mange timer på hospitalet hver dag, har især de…

In a world of chaos lend a hand

This piece has been co-written with Sarah Holsen. Since returning from Lesbos this summer and as the refugee crisis in Europe has evolved, I have been asked a number of times what we as individuals can do. There seems to be a huge need to help amongst many of us, and as the same was…

Grækenland: Er det på tide at vise noget respekt?

Der er nu endelig ved at komme opmærksomhed på flygtningesituationen i Grækenland og Lesbos herhjemme. Det har taget tid, men Politiken banede vejen i søndag med deres PS-tillæg, og nu følger de fleste andre medier trop. Dog drukner flere ting i nyhedsstrømmen, for hvor er fortællingerne om grækerne, der hjælper? Hvor er billederne af lokale…

Grækenland: Folkeafstemning deler grækerne

Selv om der er langt fra øen Lesbos til demonstrationerne i Athen, er folkeafstemningen i morgen søndag noget, der optager øboerne. Som i resten af Grækenland er der stærke følelser på både nai- (ja) og oxi- (nej) siden, og de deler landets tredjestørste ø i to.