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 temporary camp for migrants and refugees waiting to be interviewed, vetted and processed by Greek authorities. The stay can be a few days or weeks. When it is crowded, families sleep outside on the ground.
It's getting cold and crowded. Through an interpreter, I am speaking with some mothers, when, miraculously, unexpectedly, my cell phone rings. My daughter, Eva, who's in Los Angeles, is FaceTiming me with her 16-month-old daughter, Marlowe.
Since I have been in Lesbos, I have not been able to reach them. At home, we speak every day. I am, to say the least, overjoyed.
I show the women their faces and explain who they are, and the most amazing thing happens. Marlowe sees the child in the arms of a woman on my left. “Baby,” she says and she points. The Afghan child looks and waves back and for a moment, life is simple and sweet. Two babies. Two mothers. Worlds apart. Sharing a moment. Crazy. Beautiful.
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