“If there was no war in Syria, I would go back to my country. We had to leave because the situation was getting worse. Through Iraq and Turkey we reached the Greek borders and we are now staying at the accommodation center for migrants and refugees in Kavala, a city in northern Greece.
Even though I studied banking and finance, I have worked for NGOs in refugee camps in Iraq and Syria. Organizing activities for children was my favorite part. Refugee children have been continuously exposed to traumatic events and need special support because of their vulnerability. I find child protection great as it helps kids overcome their problems.
My life now is nicer, more quiet. I’m going to English and Greek classes in order to better my language skills. And I play at the football team we have put together! We’ve even played a few games with the locals. It was a good opportunity to meet with Greek people. It’s amazing that both communities mix and learn from each other and activities help a lot towards this direction.”
IOM Greece, with support from the European Commission’s Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations Office, is addressing the need for safe and dignified living conditions for migrants and refugees in Greece, ensures the transportation of pupils from the Accommodation Centers to schools and equips them with school kits including notebooks, pens, pencils and other necessary school material.