HUMAN STORIES

#Stranded | Aymen

Aymen Rafi, 39 years-old, 6 months in Lesvos  “I need to feel human again” “My name is Aymen Rafi, I am 39 years-old and I am from Iraq. I have studied chemistry. After finishing my studies, I took AutoCAD training classes. The diploma I got gave me the opportunity to work for big telecommunication companies. […]

#Stranded

It is end of January, and we are in Lesvos island. The car slides on the road as we drive from Mytilene -island’s capital- to Moria refugee camp. The refugees are hiding in their tents. As you climb up onto the hill the human geography of the area changes.  First you meet the “single men” […]

8 WOMEN, 8 STORIES, 8TH OF MARCH | STORY O7 | RAHA

“I remember my past and think that, today, everything is perfect” Raha, beneficiary of the Future Interpreters program, SolidarityNow Saturday, in the Thessaloniki Solidarity Center. Young people from different countries have gathered to attend the training seminars for interpreters, entitled Future Interpreters, implemented by SolidarityNow with the support of the Guerilla Foundation. The instructors are preparing […]

8 WOMEN, 8 STORIES, 8TH OF MARCH | STORY O6 | TOUGBA

Tougba, beneficiary of the Future Interpreters program, SolidarityNow It is a wet September morning in an apartment somewhere in Thessaloniki, and the couple drinks Turkish tea. “A friend from Istanbul brought it for us”, says Tougba nostalgically, a former journalist in Turkey and now an asylum seeker in Greece. Tougba introduces herself. She is a […]

“There is no difference – all are students”

Maria Petrocheilou, Conference interpreter – Trainer in the Future Interpreters program Through the slogan “we train tomorrow’s interpreters … today“, SolidarityNow started in May 2017 the innovative training program entitled Future Interpreters for Community Interpreters. The pro bono lessons, including training sessions in which participants were taught key practices and methodologies of community interpretation and intercultural […]

8 WOMEN, 8 STORIES, 8TH OF MARCH | STORY NO5 | ZAINAB

“I find myself through writing. When I write, I feel that I can say some things that I couldn’t say in real life”  “My dream is to live in Greece and to work as a playwright”, Zainab Annan says confidently, holding a blue notebook in which she writes her texts. “I wrote a poem for […]

8 WOMEN, 8 STORIES, 8TH OF MARCH | STORY NO4 | LAILA

The over-aged Laila and her beloved granddaughter  She was a squatting figure in the room for about an hour. Suddenly she stood up and came to my side. She squeezed my hand and speaking a language unknown to us, showed me the front door. I couldn’t realize how we finally got to the door, how […]

8 WOMEN, 8 STORIES, 8TH OF MARCH | STORY No3 | HANSA

“Yusef is the father of my children. We are together 35 years. Either we live together, either we die together”.   We sit in a small coffee shop at Langada village. Just a few kilometers away from the Kavalari refugee camp. Today is extremely cold. Spring seems very far. However, Hansa feels the spring coming. […]