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"And no one is a stranger...for long."

You Will Never Walk Alone

We come and we go, like waves washing up onto the shores of this island. The volunteers, the refugees, everyone. No one stays on Leros forever. Most people don’t even stay for a sizable amount of time. We come and … Continue reading

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I Love Cheap Thrills

Come on, come on, turn the radio on. It’s Friday night and it won’t be long. When leaving the Hub most days, I know that it won’t just take me the five perceived minutes that it should for me to … Continue reading

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News From the Refugee Trail: July Edition

I’m in the home stretch, as of this writing. In a few days, I’ll be departing Leros and moving on with my time in Europe and “on the refugee trail”. July has proven to be, yet again, another interesting month, … Continue reading

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Stark Contrast

Last month, I was having dinner at a friend’s house and was given a chilling reminder about where I am in the world. I’ve spoken many times on this blog about the confusion that exists within me due to the … Continue reading

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News From the Refugee Trail: June Edition

Here I am with my first chance to write about the month of June, already a week deep into the month of July. Looking back on it, June was yet another rollercoaster month over here in Europe on the refugee … Continue reading

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Lifeboats Where There Are None: Day 9 – “Always Had a Smile On”

The. Course. Is. Over! About three or four days ago I actually doubted whether or not I would make it. I felt like I wasn’t good at assessing casualties, I couldn’t tie knots correctly, there was no way I was … Continue reading

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Lifeboats Where There Are None: Day 7 – “It’s ‘Mad Max’ Out There”

Today, on the sea, we learned how to recover people who are stranded on rocks and areas of land beside the sea. After my low day yesterday, I wasn’t looking forward in the least to getting back on the boat … Continue reading

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