Meeting for Refugee Crisis in Greece

A few weeks ago, in a big room somewhere among the narrow streets of Barcelona, almost 20 people highly involved with SCI got together in order to talk and exchange beliefs and ideas regarding the refugee crisis in Greece. We referred to the chronological order of the facts which have occurred, while we all together tried…

Ben in Ireland

It’s a text-book summer’s day in Mosney, Co. Meath. I’m sitting by the lake where, two decades ago, amorous teenagers in swan boats might have glided through the water against the sound of the nearby waltzers. Behind me stands the now derelict train station where hundreds of seagulls are congregated. A train passes and they…

Shared Home for Displaced Ukrainians

The project I come to coordinate, “Making Peace in Ukraine” (SCI branch SVIT-Ukraine), is designed to bring a group of 7 foreign volunteers to help refugees in Kharkov, a city two hundred kilometers from the Donbas warzone. Not a usual place for a youth exchange, and not the best time, cold and rainy April. Caution…

A voice from Kurdistan

From December 16th to 26th a workcamp organized by SCI Italy, in collaboration with “Genclik ve degisim, Youth and Change Association”, was held in the refugee camp of Diyarbakir, Turkish Kurdistan. Within the area, run by the Kurdish municipalities, there are about 4,000 refugees, 1,500 of whom are children. Most part of them are Yazidi,…