One of these is my good friend, my boss in Refugee 4 Refugees, my great hero, but also "the kid" my Omar Alshakal. He's only 25 years old, but he's the most grown-up and life-experienced 25-Year-old I've ever met. And the life experience he has, I really leave no comparison! As a refugee from Syria, he has been through highly traumatic experiences, during the war in Syria, but also during the escape itself, where he swam from turkey to Greece.
A little girl of 5 or 6 years’ old stole my heart in Lesvos. I liked her straight away when she came and plonked herself down on the plastic chair next to me and some other volunteers. Her cropped brown hair was roughly cut – maybe a sign of being in a family always on the move - and the top was a little longer to pull up into a trademark bunch shooting straight up like a firework on top of her head.
I jumped at the chance to join the 8am - 2pm shift at Stage 2 this morning. 95 people were there from two landings. All Afghans as far as I know, which is very common for Lesvos. Three medical cases to be aware of - a pregnant woman who had been sick on arrival, a man with an infection from shrapnel wounds and a hearing impairment…
In the early hours of this morning the police evicted the entire woodlands in Dunkirk where over 300 people have been seeking refuge, after a week of constant harassment. Hundreds of CRS and Gendarmerie officers swept through the forest, removing people, destroying their shelters and forcing them out into the storm.