Refugee Day, celebrated on the 20th of June, offers a chance to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world and of the efforts to protect their human rights. Hamid is an asylum seeker from Syria, from the city of Latakia. He finished his Master’s degree in accounting before he and his brother left Latakia for a […]
What is Irida My name is Magdaléna Kokonezis, I was born in Greece, to a Greek father and a French mother, but now I live in France. I finished my studies in 2019 and have now been volunteering for three months at Irida. This center dedicated to refugee women and their children is based on […]
This past Monday, June the 1st, the eviction of 11,000 refugees has started all over Greece. A new legislation Following legislation approved in March of this year, people have now 1 month to leave their subsidized accommodations once their asylum status is recognized. Previously they had at least 6. The United Nations High Commissioner for […]
There is a disease called resignation syndrome that has been first diagnosed in Sweden in the 1990s, it is essentially a dissociative syndrome that induces a catatonic state that affects refugee children who enter a state of coma after having lost hope as a result of traumatic events. This usually happens to young refugees who […]
On the 14th May, a projection of the documentary “Aegean” took place in Balkan Heart. Two former volunteers of Balkan Hotspot, Tomás Barão da Cunha and Raul Fretes, directed and filmed the documentary in 2018.
From the 14th of January to the 8th of February, the Mimonisa exhibition takes place at the French Institute of Thessaloniki. You have three weeks to meet 11 artists from Thessaloniki and also from other countries (a few of them are refugees). The goal of the initiative is to unify people with common interests in painting by presenting their work through this exibition. Afghanistan, Iran, Congo, Greece… it is a perfect mix of techniques, influences and backgrounds.
The Greek refugee crisis of 2015 sharped the creativity of hundreds of volunteers all around the world to find new ways of helping who was escaping from war, violence and poverty. A shelter and a hot meal were not the only things that refugees had to struggle for once arrived in Greece. The lack of knowledge about their rights and moves to do without being overwhelmed by bureaucracy was a further element of anxiety in their already tricky psychological situation. That is how a group of European volunteers that had met in the Eidomeni Camp decided to create an alternative but not less useful form of support: the mobile info team for refugees in Greece, where the precious cargo to be donated was, specifically, information.
The words of Anna Alboth in December of 2016 created a huge international movement for peace, the Civil March for Aleppo: “I don’t want just to stand for Aleppo. I want to go to Aleppo” (Anna Alboth). To show their solidarity with war victims and to share the peace message. During the journey, more than 3000 people from 55 nationalities joined them “transmitting a strong signal of compassion, hope and love between humans” (Eliza).
Children are the first thing that one notices as soon as arrived in City Plaza. An unbelievable number of children that in the Western society we are not used to seeing anymore. Inside the squatted hotel of Athens become a house for refugees there are around 170 and the youngest of them was born just some weeks ago. They are screaming, playing and jumping everywhere despite the mercury column that often exceeds the 40 degrees during the Greek summer.
On Tuesday 27th December 2016 two Spanish volunteers were arrested for helping eight refugees to escape from Greece. They are being put under a lot of pressure with the law meaning that officers of the law are trying to do them for as many excuses as possible but the two volunteers are not alone. After the event on Tuesday 27th many other volunteers working in camps as well as the supporting citizens from numerous countries all over the world have become furious at the European Union`s attitude towards human rights and have started demonstrations.