Another year has passed, and A Drop in the Ocean is currently in its 5th winter of doing aid work in Greece and on the Aegean islands. I am constantly getting questions about the situation “down there”. I wish my response could be; “the situation for displaced people in Greece is much better. The processing of asylum applications is running much more smoothly, and at a more rapid pace, and no children are living in tents. I wish I could tell them that all unaccompanied minors have received help from European states, that welcomed them with open arms. I wish I could tell them that Mohammed, the 4-year old I met in Moria earlier this month, is now living safe and sound in a foster home”. But this is not the reality.
Frost covered fields and trees in the garden at Heggedal in Asker. The seven-armed candlestick lights up in the window sill, which tells us it’s Christmas time. Arne Martin is home, after three and a half months of walking in solidarity through Europe, but he is not entirely present.
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