Presentation on Wednesday: Volunteering with migrants and refugees in Greece

06 Mar

There and Back Again:  My Experiences as a Volunteer Working with Refugees and Migrants in Mytilini, Greece
An illustrated talk by Vasiliki (Val) Moore

followed by questions and answers, and refreshments

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7:00 p.m.
In Hellenic Hall, St. George Greek Orthodox Church
70 West Street, Keene, NH

Open to the public!

One of the great tragedies of the 21st century now is unfolding before our eyes, as the largest movement of people since World War II run for their lives from war, violence, and persecution in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and other regions of the world. Of the one million refugees who arrived in Europe by sea during 2015, 400,000 landed on the island of Mytilini (Lesvos), Greece, located just off the west coast of Turkey.

Many more wait in Turkey for a chance to cross the dangerous waters.  The settlement of refugees and migrants has led to fears in Europe about cultural and economic changes, and possible increases in the risk of terrorism.  Indeed, the role of the United States in assisting refugees and migrants has become a major issue the 2016 Presidential campaign.

A young woman, Vasiliki Moore, returned in early January, to her home in East Alstead after nearly two months of volunteer work on the Island of Mytilini. She and many other volunteers assisted refugees and migrants as they arrived on the island.  Her first-person account of what she saw while working on the island provides a testimony to the horrendous conditions that have driven so many to leave their troubled homelands.

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