So another update on my adventures on Lesbos… First of all, I feel like I am living in absolute paradise, and it has been fun in my time off to take pictures around the village where I live. Nothing beats the view (in any direction), but especially the view of the harbor. I don’t know, maybe I am just a sucker for the sea.
It was another exhausting week. I have five back-to-back twenty-four hour shifts, and I am finally getting a nice two-day break this weekend. Yesterday I found out that another one of the kittens we found has died. RIP Prince. I really hope the other two kittens make it, but only time will tell. In honor of the two precious babies we lost, I have decided to ‘adopt’ the dumpster cats near my house (meaning I feed them every morning on my way to work).
The other reason this week was a little more exhausting than normal is because I have started working in a refugee camp specifically for unaccompanied minors. The camp is made up of all young teenaged boys from various countries (Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Iraq). It is amazing to me how resilient these children are. I cannot begin to imagine what it is like to have to flee home, to go on such a perilous journey all alone. Yet many of the boys were smiling. They were friendly and wanted to talk. They wanted to play: music, cards, and sports. Watching them yesterday, as they adjusted to life outside of the detention center they were previously at, I felt more emotions than I think I could comprehend at the time. I was happy to watch them play, but heartbroken to know that this was probably the first time they were able to in many weeks. I look forward to continue working with them over the coming weeks, and I hope that I will be able to help them, even if it is just by sitting and talking with them.
That’s all for now.
Molyvos, Lesbos, Greece (05.07.16)**
You can see more pictures from my European adventure here.
**Due to limited access to WiFi, some of my posts have been written a week or more before publication. For that reason, I will try to post the date they were written to give you an idea of when the events in the post took place.