I got the Post Paradise blues.
Just got back to Oslo after 3 weeks staying at the Paradise Hotel working with volunteers with refugees on Samos Island. Now back I feel a need for some debriefing. Normalising? What does this mean/entail? I am listening to Grace Jones, her Island Life album.
A six-year old boy from Syria has traveled with his family by boat from Turkey to the Samos refugee camp in hope of a new life somewhere safe. He is standing beside the pop-up library just inside the entrance gate of the camp where volunteers are distributing books to the inmates. Inmates I say, because this is a military camp turned refugee hot spot. It perches on redudent agricultural terraces (or levels, as they are now called in camp language) on the hillside of the harbour town, Vathi.
Since working for a short while with the Samos Volunteers Group in September 2016, the situation regarding refugees has changed drastically. This video expresses the concerns of two volunteers from four months ago.