Compiled by: Annelies Klinefelter The camps near Mytilene (in the south of Lesbos) are filling up because of the steady influx of people — between 50-100 a day. Because of this a camp was opened in the north where mostly the refugees have been arriving. In an effort to counteract this influx the authorities arrange weekly … More Poems from the Brink of Despair
By: Rûnbîr Serkepkanî Sina does not believe in the standardized definition of things. His mind does not comprehend standardized frameworks. He understands life as flowing — flowing into dreams, trees, animals and seas. He is passionate about planting. Outside his family’s house he has sown dozens of flowers, herbs and other plants in little pots. Once … More The Tree with the Ten Fruits
By: Aaron Kaufmann I do not know how the town of Moria got its name. Perhaps it has a specific meaning in Greek, a language in which I lack any skill. Perhaps it was the name of its founder. Whatever the case may be, when I hear it, my mind is instantly drawn to thoughts … More Moria
By: Aaron Kaufmann I arrived back to the warmth of Lesbos less than a week ago, but it feels like years. The pace of life on the island is like nowhere else I have been. Since the opening of the project on the first of the month, a lot has happened, yet somehow life seems … More This is “Normal”
By: Rûnbîr Serkepkanî Images of boats, of people with arms stretched out for water, of children getting barbecued by the midday sun at the port, hunger strikes and many other unpleasant things—these are the images which I associate with Mytilene, and for a very good reason. Nearly 1,000,000 people have passed through this island in … More The Arc of Voices
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?