Travel Journal, Day 10 & 11

Travel Journal, Day 10 & 11

Day 10 & 11. Yesterday I arrived early at the camp to find 800 refugees waiting to be processed. A blind Syrian man came through with his family. A young woman with them was stopped. There was something wrong with

Travel Journal, Day 14

Day 14. Today, as I looked around the camp full of refugees, I saw not just the refugees, but the volunteers I will leave behind. Those who will stay to work day in and day out. I am filed with

Travel Journal, Day 9

I woke this morning wondering what is real in life? And what is simply cultural fabrication? How do we see truth without our cultural bias? Love is a good example of cultural bias. As an American, I learned to love

Travel Journal, Day 7 & 8

Day 7 and 8. Thursday was Orthodox Christmas so everything was closed and the camp was quiet, as for the most part, the buses in Greece were not transporting refugees. Because of that, and because we were out of shoes

Travel Journal, Day 6

                  Day 6. A young man came to me yesterday needing clothes. He had fallen into the Aegean when his rubber boat sank, and lost everything. It was raining and cold, and

Travel Journal, Day 5

Day 5. Yesterday was my break apart day; I felt inside like a shattered vase. The feeling came on me suddenly when I was working with Edi Edii in the food line at the entrance to the camp. The entire camp is surrounded

Travel Journal, Day 4

Day 4. Today there were fewer refugees coming to the camp (less than 2000, but 2380 expected by dawn–they travel even at night) because the bad weather a few days ago prevented refugees from crossing the sea from Turkey to

Travel Journal , Day 3 (Jan 2016)

Day 3. Our team split in two today. With me going to the camp with Kemal Nun Gevgelija and Edi Edii, and the rest going to Skopje in search of much needed shoes. At the camp, Kemal insists that volunteers

Travel Journal, Day 2 (Jan 2016)

Day 2. Our learning curve was big today, on all levels. We were surrounded at the container where NuN keeps its donations by refugees wanting shoes. The men, practical, were thrilled with the hiking boots and thick socks i brought

Travel Journal, Day 1 (Jan 2016)

After 4 planes and over 24 hr of flight time (including thank you Athens for dumping my bag out in security and losing things) we arrived in Gevelija, Macedonia. We decided to go right to the camp, though it was