Nea Kavala, day two, Friday, 10th of August 2018

My schedule today:

Volunteer meeting
Laundry
Community space/sports

In the morning we have a team meeting and get instructions of what to do in case of an emergency. If an emergency occurs, our safety is always priority number one, even if it means leaving the camp so that equipment or buildings could get destroyed. That makes all of us volunteers feel very safe at the camp.

Community Space
Foto: Isabel Sevé

After the meeting I’m scheduled to the job at the laundry again.

Laundry Socialising
Foto: Andrea Koltermann

A young woman who speaks fluently German has a special request: Her husband is badly injured and has open wounds and therefore he needs extra clean sheets washed at 90 degrees. They both use to live and work in Germany. Because his mother was very ill he left Germany without any permission. When he tried to go back home he had an accident and now he is badly injured. Because of this he is not able to travel to Athens to get the new visa for Germany. Now he lives at Nea Kavala. And because he is not registered in Greece, there is no doctor responsible for him. A teacher from Germany help’s them by writing an email to the German embassy, but it will take a while to get an answer.

the language connects people

In a strage way I feel connected to the young couple, even if I don’t know them. Is it pehaps because they live in Germany and we speak the same language?

Baby malt
Foto: Andrea Koltermann

In the afternoon we do some handcrafts and play games with children. I am told to take care that they don’t take away all off the stickers. One boy puts a cute little baby on my table to let her do some paintings. The one-year-old girl knows how to use a pen and draws nice circles on the paper.

Vier Alibabas und die Aufkleber
Foto: Andrea Koltermann

I am very surprised about that, but the stickers are gone by some “Alibabas”. That’s a game the boys love to play.

Basteln und Malen
Foto: Andrea Koltermann
Tanzen vor dem Drop Shop
Foto: Andrea Koltermann

Evening mood at Nea Kavala. Refugees and volunteers dancing in front of the Drop Shop.