08.10.2015 - 02.11.2015 35 °F
Some parting thoughts
- The vast majority (easily 80%) of refugees are single young men and large numbers of them were Afghans.
- Nearly all I spoke with said they would not have left home if life there wasn't so dangerous
- Without exception, All expresssed repeated thanks for what we were doing for them.
My time here has taught me more than I could have imagined. I'd the good fortune to work with so many dedicated people. Each one had interrupted their lives as well as self-funded their journey to help. In brief moments of realitive calm we'd often share with each other our concerns of not only what we were witnessing but of what awaits us when we return home.
Beginning in Greece then again in Turkey, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and again in Slovenia I spoke with as many people as I could asking how they viewed the world. Eventually the conversation would turn to "what was their biggest fear for the future". Without exception everyone I spoke with expressed in their own particular way, a deep concern for the ever increasing split between the political right and left. I heard the same refrain from the volunteers from Germany, Austria, Great Britian, Switzerland, Czech-Republic, Slovenia, France, and Belgium I worked alongside with as well. We all shared the same fear. As is the case in Germany, with the resurgance of the neo-nazi party and similar far right leaning groups in each of our respective countries, we all expressed the same concern that concepts of tolerance, understanding and compassion are under seige.