“we simply sat and looked at each other, and held each other in silence”

Anne Browse is the President of Methodist Women in Britain. She was part of CTBI’s delegation of women that visited refugee women and children in Greece at the end of May. She has blogged more about the trip on her MWIB President’s Blog.

CTBI group on a visit to Greece to assess the new Syrian refugee crisis which is unfolding in the country. Pictured is the 'wild' camp at the Eco Gas station which was originally just a stop off point on the way to the Macadonian border but since the border closed early March, it has become semi-permenant. Anne Browse and Sarah Moore speaking to Syrian refugee who is at the camp with her three children and husband.

CTBI group on a visit to Greece to assess the new Syrian refugee crisis which is unfolding in the country. Pictured is the ‘wild’ camp at the Eco Gas station which was originally just a stop off point on the way to the Macadonian border but since the border closed early March, it has become semi-permenant. Anne Browse and Sarah Moore speaking to Syrian refugee who is at the camp with her three children and husband.

At the Eko Gas wild camp two of us were invited into a small tent which had become home to a family of five. It was immaculately tidy. We were offered coffee, which we accepted.

This family was not separated, but together. Mum, Dad and three children: a daughter of 12 and sons aged 8 and 6. Mum and Dad were both teachers, and told us they gave lessons in the refugee camp, but they did not require their own children to attend. Dad was keen to show us photos on his mobile phone. Photos of their home in Syria. Of their horse. Of their youngest son’s school awards.

As the mother shared her story we nodded and listened and asked questions.

Then, after a while, we simply sat and looked at each other, and held each other in silence. Woman to woman. Mother to mother. Human being to human being.

Photo: Esme Allen

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