Western Sahara is a sparsely populated, mostly desert region in northwest Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria to the northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The UN designated Western Sahara in 1963, which was under the colonial rule of Spain between 1884 and 1976, as the […]
World Refugee Day: inclusion and diversity. Interview with Mereme
For the world refugee day, we met Mereme, an Albanian girl grown in Italy. She works as an operator in a refugee centre in Italy, and we thought about an interview with her to ask something. 1- Talk about you. How long are you working in a refugee centre? I have been working in a […]
Lost in the world: The refugee crisis
Migration and the Refugee Crisis… People who had to leavetheir home country for various reasons struggle to survive by immigrating to countries with better conditions. Actually, this sentence shouldn’t sound too foreign. Refugee migration, which has become a crisis for the whole world in recent years, still continues to be an insurmountable problem. Thousands of immigrants take refuge in better […]
Climate change is not gender-neutral.
Wildfires, floods, sea level rise, droughts, food insecurity, climate refugees and so much more. All of this is a direct consequence of global warming, but we can still make a difference. We first have to understand the world to be able to change it. Let’s talk about climate change first. There are two types of […]
The challenges of refugees and asylum seekers to start a new life
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 […]
Irida: my experience working with refugee women in Greece
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 […]
Refugees thrown to the streets: mass evictions in Greece
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 […]
Lesbos: when hell takes away children’s hope
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 […]
Aegean coast, through sea and through land
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.