He began taking photographs. But within a few months Israel attacked Lebanon and war broke out. Suddenly immersed in a world of gunfire and terror in an unfamiliar city, George chronicled the Palestine Liberation Organisation PLO guerillas, teenage snipers and civilians living through what became one of the bloodiest summers in the history of the modern Middle East. George Azar, my partner, had arrived in Lebanon in as a young photojournalist.
My eyes are open in a new way. And it will affect the direction of my life from here on out. Here is a map for scale; the red drop marks Chios: And a closer look: A ferry from Izmir to Chios might only take 30 minutes.
In fact, I traveled through Izmir in en route to the ancient ruins at Ephesus in Turkey — a beautiful part of the world. Due to its location between Europe and Turkey, Chios has been an important stepping stone for many refugee movements over the past few centuries.
Perhaps half of them are from Syria. Most have fled their home countries due to violence, bombs, and threats to their personal safety — these types of refugees are seeking political asylum in the E.
But some are migrant workers not seeking political asylum, just a better life than their home country can offer. Here are a few of the specific stories I encountered: A former teacher in Syria told us how he was arbitrarily arrested one day, and taken into custody for months.
At one point he was blindfolded for two weeks straight. He showed us the scars from where his wrists were bound. When he was inexplicably released, he knew he had to flee. Spent a few months trying to get work in Lebanon, but his employer did not pay him, and as a refugee he could not legally demand the money he was owed.
He decided to move westward towards Europe. One man from Syria told us how his wife and four children were killed in an explosion. He had only arrived on Chios a few days before, with the intention of going onward to meet his family. It breaks my heart to know that his life will be in limbo for some time.
One young something was studying I. He asked if he could join our volunteer group because he just wants to do something — everyone in camp is restless and just wants to work again, to go back to living normal lives, to have jobs and spend time with their families.
A couple from Syria is pregnant with their third child; they already have two young daughters. It is likely that this pregnancy will help speed up their asylum hearing in Athens.
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They are currently sharing a prefab tent with a total of nine people. His parents and some of his siblings are still back home, but he had no choice but to get out of there or likely be killed.
One woman was a lawyer in Tehran, Iran up until two weeks prior, when she had to flee her country. Can you imagine how many glass ceilings she had to break in her career? She speaks several languages and is no doubt much smarter than I am. Now she is currently homeless in Greece.How to begin writing about the weeks I spent on the island of Chios, Greece?I should use words like “volunteering” and “refugees” but it doesn’t seem right to sum it up like that.
It didn’t feel like volunteering, I was living in community with these people, helping out where I could. Refugees of the Syrian Civil War or Syrian refugees are citizens and permanent residents of Syrian Arab Republic, who have fled from their country since the onset of the Syrian Civil War in and have sought asylum in other parts of the world.
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