Nea Kavala, day nine, Friday, 17th of August 2018

My schedule today:

Painting market
Laundry

It is very hot in Greece in summer. The people like to sit in the shadow between two containers.

Schatten zwischen Containern
Foto: Andrea Koltermann

Also Cookie likes shadow. He is one of the dogs living at camp whom volunteers and refugeers take care of. He made himself for sleeping a hole in the sandy groung like the den of a fox.

Cookie
Foto: Isabel Sevé

As most people love shopping also many residents do. We want them to have some nice moments in their sad lives. I paint the children’s shoe shelf with blue and green colours and decorate it with flower motives.

Schuhregal
Foto: Andrea Koltermann

At the laundry I speak to a woman who tells me, that her son had stomacheache. Some other people had told us the day before and the volunteers already had stopped drinking water from the tap. The woman was holding her belly because of asthma. Could I give some lessons in relaxed breathing? I ask myself.

A teacher from Republique Congo is sitting  at out table. For two years he is waiting to get his documents. At the camp he had been volunteering as an interpreter for the helenic red cross. He wants to go to France to finish his studies and organise the reunion with his two teenage daughters that still live in Africa.

Laundry
Foto: Andrea Koltermann

A farmer is burning something on his field. The fire is getting bigger and bigger. The residents at the camp are very afraid because of this. Carfully they watch the situation. I can imagine how they must feel. Losing their containers would mean losing everything they own for another time. I have no idea from what material the containers were made but the additional building are wooden and it hasn’t been raining for weeks.

Policemen are coming to calm the residents down and send the children away. I want to close down the laundry and leave the camp but my collegue askes me to wait a bit. The wind was going to the opposite direction.

Much time later the brigade is arriving. The firefighting operations take quite a long time.

warm blankets for Nea Kavala, Donations here:

https://needslist.co/nlclaim/1400/add/20

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