A big thank you to the EAR team of 5 Americans, and refugee musicians Hussam, Milad, Salman, and Mustafa for bringing music, love and so much more to the children of Skaramagas refugee camp, Greece. Everyone brought something different to the EAR program and all gave generously of themselves.
As racism lashes out at home, all of us seek ways to use our skills to increase the humanity with which we treat each other. Here in Greece, children waiting for acceptance into a host country, received hugs; expressed themselves through haka, song, and body music; and performed for their families and others in the Skaramagas camp.
A glaring irony in the camp struck me: The concrete on which the life of the camp pulses and drags seems to stretch out with permanence. But the situation of refugees living here is impermanent. Camps close. People are moved. On EAR’s last day in the camp, I wanted to leave something meaningful with Kurdish singer Salman. I saw this bush.
It had thrust itself through the concrete, and despite temperatures of 100 and a summer with no rain, it was thriving. We talked about the positive intention, passion even, of that bush living in those conditions. Then we parted. It is like that, these intimate exchanges with those whose lives hang. We westerners move on with freedoms that support careers and whims and relationships. They remain on a slab of concrete, taming pigeons.So we do what we can to humanize conditions. Thank you for what you do, wherever you are. There is much brilliance and innovation, and precedence, too. We celebrate small gestures and structural changes bursting through the concrete.Donate here