Being a volunteer on LesbosIf shoes could talkby Rebekka Plies
But the human traffickers put 50 and more people in it which makes the crossing even more dangerous.
Back in fall 2015 the shores of Lesbos were covered with ship wrecks and abandoned lifejackets
- badge from a rubber dinghy
- whistle from a life vest
This gigantic pile is only a small part of the whole picture, because this "lifejacket graveyard" is only one of several on Lesbos.
Sometimes even with the help of young refugees that later had to queue for the stuff they helped us unload from the van.
Make them smile:
There are bad moments while volunteering, like when you see parents that are so exhausted that they fall asleep over their crying children. BUT there are so many really good moments as well, when you can make those children smile even with some soap bubbles.
The Hope Centre
When everything is settled it’s supposed to become a shelter for refugees when they arrive on the beach - a place, where they can change, get dry clothes, have some rest and privacy in the rooms, before they have to move on to the registration.
A personal note:
Mission humanity and the will to make a difference won’t stop at the borders. As the world gets more and more unwelcoming with closing borders around Europe - the many volunteers from all over the world restored my faith in humanity and I’m truly thankful for everything we experienced together.