The city of Mytilini, on the island of Lesvos, Greece, is a temporary home for thousands of refugees. We had the honor of working with a group of unaccompanied minors staying in a shelter for boys. Our students escaped violence and persecution in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Now, their future is uncertain, but they are for the most part happy to be safe and warm with lots of caring adults supporting them.
Our students were amazing. At first some were tentative, as they have endured so much and building trust was important. By the end of the week, cameras, computers, microphones and even charcoal were being used prolifically by the students as they felt their deadline and refined their stories with lots of youthful energy. The shelter hosted a screening and hung a print show of 30 photographs to honor their work. We are so proud of our students.