This school at a refugee camp in Lesbos is a safe haven for children

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Τρίτη, 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2019
This school at a refugee camp in Lesbos is a safe haven for children

Author: Holly Young | pri.org | 17 December 2019

A group of children sit in on carpet inside room surrounded by blue tarp

Zekria Farzad offers his hand for support to navigate a particularly uneven stretch of ground, slippery from the morning rain, in the middle of Moria — Europe’s largest refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos.

To get to Farzad’s classrooms, visitors must walk up the slopes of an olive grove, following foot-worn muddy paths that snake through a sea of tents. The soft-spoken journalist from Afghanistan, 40, is now the founder of a school. 

Farzad established the school less than a year ago after his shock at the lack of learning opportunities in the camp. As more people arrive on the Greek islands seeking asylum, a series of policies have left thousands stranded on the island with severely limited resources, including access to education. 

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