Saint Paul and Saint Luke on Lesvos.

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.

Refugees Incarcerated without Trial – A report on a visit to the Greek island of Chios

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

Thoughts on Self-Organizing: What Happens when the Oatmeal Boils Over?

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?

Give and Take

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

Pikpa Passages

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

Before Beginning

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

No Easy Answers

By: Ivars Balkits It’s 6 a.m. in Iraklio. The hotel clerk has called a cab, and we are waiting with our luggage in the lobby. We’ve been three weeks here in Crete visiting family and now are joining CPT-Europe’s Mediterranean Project on the island of Lesvos. We don’t quite know what our role will be there … More No Easy Answers