The images of migrants and refugees arriving in precarious boats on the shores of southern Europe, and of the makeshift camps that have sprung up in Lesbos, Lampedusa, Calais and elsewhere, have become familiar sights on television screens around the world. But what do we know about the border places - these liminal zones between countries and continents - that have become the focus of so much attention and anxiety today, and what do we know about the individuals who occupy these places?
This monograph examines the construction of the volunteer as a moral Greek and European citizen in early 21st century Greece. Narratives of volunteerism and civil society that emerged at that time echoed the modernisation and Europeanisation visions of Greek society. The volunteer emerged as the epitome of the modern citizen, a disinterested subject working voluntarily for the common good. Yet these projects remained fragmented and incomplete in Greece. A certain “lack of volunteerism” was broadly attributed to Greek exceptionalism. The book challenges this dominant hypothesis regarding the presumed underdevelopment of volunteerism and suggests an alternative analytical approach...
"Welcome to Leros is a story of chaos, heartache, sometimes humour; of hope and solidarity. It tells how ordinary people living on a small Greek island join forces with a new community of international volunteers to respond to a sudden influx of refugees fleeing war, torture and persecution in the Middle East" (...) "It tells of a time when thousands of people across Europe rise in solidarity, offering whatever they can of themselves, inspired purely by compassion for their fellow human beings in their time of suffering and need."
A Syrian Princess is an e-Book published in Spring 2017.
It offers a very interesting personal account of the work of volunteers and activists on the north coast of Lesvos during the peak of the "Refugee and Migration Crisis" in October 2015.
This is a personal description of the rescue, relief and recetion efforts of numerous people that found themselves on that part of the island during this period, as well as the relations formed between them and the people arriving, but also, the local community of Skala Sykamias.
"Δεν προκάναμε όμως να πούμε πολλά γιατί σκουντουφλήσαμε και οι δυο μαζί απάνω στον Μουεζίν, που μόλις εκείνη την ώρα τον είχανε ξεβράσει τα κύματα. Φρεσκοπνιγμένος φαινότανε. Ξυλιασμένος και άκαμπτος ήτανε, σαν σανίδα. Βγάλαμε τότε και οι δυο από μια πνιχτή κραυγή, σαν καταλάβαμε τι μας έλαχε μες στα πόδια μας. Στο λεφτό η Κατρίν, με μια ψυχραιμία γερμανική μού έγνεψε ησυχία και γονάτισε σβέλτα πλάι στον πνιγμένο. Έπιασε να τον ψαχουλεύει με κινήσεις πεταχτές, να χώνει τα χέρια της μέσα στις τσέπες του και να τον ερευνά από πάνω ίσαμε κάτω. Σαν να είχε περάσει κάποια εκπαίδευση ειδική προτού να έρθει εδώ."