Heartbreak and Hope in Lesbos
Santa Barbara Couple on
Front Lines of Refugee Crisis
The Refugee Crisis:
Through the Eyes of the Children
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REFUGEE CHILDREN and their ART
Made within a few hours of their arrival by raft on Lesbos from Turkey
Robin and Robert Jones have lived part-time in the village of Molyvos, on the beautiful island of Lesbos, Greece for 42 years. In 2015 Lesbos became a flashpoint for the refugee crisis sweeping Europe and Asia. The Jones’s joined other volunteers to help. At a temporary transit stop set up for the refugees, Robin, an art teacher, provided paper, colored pens and a plastic tablecloth she spread on the ground to give the children a place to draw. They sketched tanks and guns but also flowers and homes. Streaks of blue represented the water they had just crossed. Robin’s photographs and Robert’s narrative tell a compelling story of families fleeing from cities and towns where they feared for their lives. It is their hope that this book will bring home the real impact of the “Refugee Crisis” and put a human face on this unprecedented exodus.
INTERVIEW with Syrian Refugee, Sahar Kharsa who landed in Molyvos, Lesbos
October 15, 2015