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Businesses On This Greek Island Still Feel The Effects Of The Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 08.22.2016 | World

LESBOS, Greece ― The view from the Sunrise Resort Hotel, nestled in the hills above the town of Molyvos overlooking the Aegean Sea, opens up on mile...

What It Took To Rescue 26 Refugees From The Middle Of The Sea

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 07.14.2016 | World

AEGEAN SEA, Greece ― The rescue boat set off in the pre-dawn hours, slicing its way across the vast, glass-like waters separating Greece from Turkey...

Refugees Passing Through Greece Share Their Tragedies In Heartwrenching Film

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 05.26.2016 | World

A woman named Ghoson, sitting in front of a dark gray backdrop, begins to cry. Behind the film set, where she agreed to tell her story, awaits the ref...

Being There -- How Individuals Can Change the World

Frank Giustra | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
Frank Giustra

Sometimes you need to see tragedy up front, with your own eyes to realize our traditional institutions aren't always the best way to solve a crisis. It is the moment, as an individual, you realize you can wield tremendous impact in the world around you.

The Real Heroes of the Refugee Crisis

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

As of late, the only antidote to my entrenched political realism has been the news of amazing individuals volunteering to help refugees in the Greek I...

Pope Francis To Make Day Trip To Lesbos To Support Refugees

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.07.2016 | World

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will make a lightning trip to the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, the Vatican said on Thursday, a visit aime...

Online Translators Bridge The Communication Gap Between Refugees And Volunteers In Greece

Refugees Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.19.2016 | World

How do you help someone if you can’t communicate with them? Translators without Borders, a remote network of volunteer translators, is helping NGOs ...

Haunting 3D Video Shows Island At Center Of Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 03.18.2016 | World

A design collective and a 3D imaging studio have teamed up to show Lesbos, the Greek island now known for being a staging ground in the refugee crisis...

Thousands Call for #safepassage in Europe

Aaron Gray-Block | Posted 03.01.2016 | Green
Aaron Gray-Block

As thousands of people gathered across Europe on Saturday to call for refugee rights, a human chain of hands was formed on a stony Lesbos beach next to a banner demanding 'No more deaths'.

What I Realized About The Refugee Crisis When I Spent My Winter Break In Lesbos

Amelia Karayianis | Posted 02.17.2016 | College
Amelia Karayianis

Lesbos, where I spent winter break as a volunteer, received thousands of refugees a day for many months. I find myself at a loss for words, unable to accurately describe what is going on in the region I just left. But the fact is, we all need to do better to help each other.  

Lessons from Lesvos

Georgia Kolias | Posted 02.16.2016 | Impact
Georgia Kolias

We all have the ability to make an impact on world issues, from wizened grandmothers, to the Hollywood elite, to your average citizen with no money bu...

My Experience With Syrian Refugees Landing in Lesbos, Greece

Chris Morrow | Posted 02.14.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Chris Morrow

I spent 1 week in Lesbos Greece documenting Syrian Refugees and Volunteers. My experience was eye-opening, sad, scary, and often shocking. This is the first part of a series about my time in Greece.

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy

John Feffer | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
John Feffer

The position of the body is the same. The figure is prone on the beach, near the water’s edge. The head is face down in the sand, and the face is ju...

The Morning Shift on Lesvos

Crystal Wells | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

It was just after 6 am when the first raft was spotted, a bobbing dot visible through the predawn gloom only by the florescent reflections of life jac...

Volunteers Helping Refugees In Greece Fear Government Clampdown

The Huffington Post | Danae Leivada | Posted 02.05.2016 | World

ATHENS, Greece -- On the morning of Jan. 11, the Greek Coast Guard arrested five volunteers on a boat off the Greek island of Lesbos on charges of hum...

Lesbos Volunteers Refashion Discarded Life Jackets Into Mattresses

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.19.2016 | World

The mountain of discarded life jackets on the Greek island of Lesbos is now being put to another vital use -- keeping migrants and refugees warm. Volu...

How to Ensure European Refugee Camps Don't Become Permanent

J. J. Mitchell | Posted 01.16.2016 | World
J. J. Mitchell

One of the paradoxes of the Calais camp lays in the struggle to accommodate its refugees. How does a refugee camp of 7,000 migrants situated in a developed country like France compare relative to other humanitarian crises?

Ai Weiwei Sets Up Studio In Lesbos To 'Highlight The Plight' Of Refugees

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.04.2016 | Arts

“The border is not in Lesbos, it really [is] in our minds and in our hearts.” Those are the words of famed Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei,...

Peace and #Safepassage for Refugees in 2016

Aaron Gray-Block | Posted 03.01.2016 | Green
Aaron Gray-Block

A short distance outside the village of Molyvos on the Greek Island of Lesbos there is a rubbish dump of life jackets, discarded now, but forever witness to the hope and suffering of those who fled war, poverty and oppression this year.

The Innocent Victims Of Europe's Refugee Crisis

Susan Sarandon | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.01.2016 | World

"War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - Bertrand Russell RYOT and The Huffington Post are teaming to up present "The Crossing,"...

Pregnant And Homeless Amid A Dire Refugee Crisis

Susan Sarandon | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.28.2015 | World

LESBOS, Greece -- I’d like to offer another story of the random, haphazard nature of help and need when you’re trying to deal with a daily influx ...

As More Borders Close, Families Rush For Refuge

Susan Sarandon | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.28.2015 | World

LESBOS, GREECE -- This morning a boat landed almost right in front of our hotel. There had been reports of a failed motor, but it made it. Several lif...

As Susan Sarandon Meets A Refugee Mother And Newborn, Memories Of Mary

Susan Sarandon | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 12.24.2015 | World

There’s a beautiful 16-year-old girl sitting against a wall, atop a pile of possessions. Night is falling fast, but she is calm. Her husband is off ...

How To Help Refugees In Greece This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | Danae Leivada | Posted 12.23.2015 | World

ATHENS, Greece -- More than a million migrants and refugees have made their way to Europe this year, the International Organization for Migration said...

Two Babies. Two Mothers. Worlds Apart.

Susan Sarandon | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.28.2015 | World

LESBOS, Greece -- I am talking to people gathered around fires outside their tents on Afghan Hill in Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos. Moria is a ...