#followmylife | TOBA’S STORY

Toba from Herat of Afghanistan, the aubergines and the smell of sanjit   by Julia Turner, SolidarityNow intern – trainee “I’m slicing the aubergine and putting them in the oil; but you must do it fast because if you take it slow it will go brown.”; Toba, a mother of four, is cooking a traditional […]


“The people are with us. I want to stay here in Tilos” “My name is Maysoon Alderi, I’m from Syria and I’m 32 years old. I’ve been at SolidarityNow’s Tilos structure since early September with my husband and five children. In June, I began working at Nikos’ restaurant. I really like working, because I wasn’t […]


Nakam, the artist by Julia Terner and Valia Savvidou Nakam is dressed entirely in blue today, as he is every day. Blue hat, jacket, shirt, jeans and sandals. I ask him why he dresses in blue and the answer is simple: “I like blue”. Nakam is a Kurdish artist and writer sitting under a fig […]


Gol Ahmad, “the Grandad”  by Julia Terner, SolidarityNow intern – trainee Referred to as ‘The Grandad’, Gol Ahmad is the only elderly person living in Elefsina camp. He is staying there with his son and three grandchildren. Often sitting on a bench on the terrace outside the camp building, he is always smiling and ready […]


a discussion with Eleni Stamatoukou “I don’t feel like a foreigner in Tilos”  “What we’re experiencing now, here, in the accommodation structure we are hosted in Tilos, is like a dream coming true. I feel stronger than before. Compared to other people who came from the same place as me, I feel as though I’m […]


Fariba on the mountains’ top by Julia Terner, SolidarityNow intern – trainee “Sometimes I go outside to the forest alone and I start to sing with a loud voice.”. I am talking about the power of music and singing with Fariba, a Kurdish woman from Iran. She speaks quickly and earnestly and has a pleasant […]

Fatima loves to run and hit a record!

Fatima Sadiqqi is 16 years old and she is coming from Afghanistan. Last Saturday she ran her first 5km race at the 6th International Thessaloniki Half Night Marathon half marathon in Thessaloniki, Greece and hit a record! Wearing her hijab, she crossed the finish line with net time of 00:13:56, making history as the only […]


a discussion with Eleni Stamatoukou “My name is Ahmad, and I’m 30 years old. I come from Syria, and more specifically, the city of Deir ez-Zor, which is situated near the boarder to Iraq. Deir ez-Zor is Syria’s richest city, a result of the oil reserves found in the soil, but the people who live […]