By: Aaron Kaufmann “My friend! My friend! Come!” These were the words that greeted me as I entered Pikpa for the first time. “Come!” The young child led me to the swings where he insisted that I push him. The teeter-totter was next on the list. Afterward, as I walked back to the main buildings … More The Pikpa Vignettes
By: Peggy Gish He bent his head down momentarily and then raised it to brace himself for the verdict and the sentence. “Guilty.” “Forty-four years in prison,” a staggering reality for a teenage refugee, who thought he would be released because of his age and background. All his dreams and hopes for his life, wiped … More Seeing in the Greek Courtroom
A new light on the refugee crisis from a Christian perspective. By: Annelies Klinefelter In 56 A.D., Luke the Evangelist, the Apostle Paul and their companions stopped on Lesvos briefly on the return trip of Paul’s third missionary journey (Acts 20-14), having sailed from Assos (about 50 km away). From Mytilini they continued towards Chios … More Saint Paul and Saint Luke on Lesvos.
Written by: Ramyar Hassani, Project Coordinator, CPT Mediterranean We were welcomed into the warden’s office, the walls decorated with a bunch of orthodox icons, mostly consisting of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and one image of The Last Supper hanging above the warden’s desk. We noticed that the clock on the wall was dead. Hours have no … More Refugees Incarcerated without Trial – A report on a visit to the Greek island of Chios
By: Lisa Trocchia-Baļķīts In Greece, the response to the economic crisis (as well as the response to the human rights and humanitarian crisis of thousands of refugees arriving in the country with no place to go for the foreseeable future) has been a decentralized one. It has been self-organized. It has arisen from a deep sense … More Thoughts on Self-Organizing: What Happens when the Oatmeal Boils Over?
Hello Supporters, Peacemakers, and Friends, This is not a typical blog post for the CPT blog site, and there are a couple reasons that is so. First off, this post is a fundraiser. We chose to do it in a blog format as opposed to going through a third party site (such as Kickstarter, Gofundme, … More Making Café Nan a Reality
By: Lisa Trocchia-Balkits Aside from entirely ignoble thoughts, provoked by the thick wall of heat glomming on to my body as I walk into the uncooled space of the camp kitchen where I am scheduled to spend the next four hours, the large mound of watermelon stacked in crumpled plastic crates on the floor, grabs my … More Give and Take
By: Ivar Balkits Written on August 26, 2016 It’s morning in the camp. Humanity Crew, an organization of translators, comes by to pick up a vanload of Pikpa residents to take them to Moria detention center for the day. They are going for interviews and to fill out paperwork related to appeals for asylum or … More Pikpa Passages
By: Ivars Balkits English lessons were slow getting started. Peggy walked around the camp by the cabins and tents to let interested refugees know the session would soon begin. Lunch was late in getting over, but soon two young women showed up, Farsi-speakers, maybe sisters. Peggy had been teaching for a few days now. I … More My First Working Day in Pikpa
By: Lisa Trocchia-Baļķīts I have only just arrived and I am asking questions rapid-fire. I hope my teammates will continue to be patient with my enthusiasm and curiosity. I am conscious that I must appear to be a bit too eager to those who have been here for weeks, even months, enduring the intense summer heat … More Before Beginning