by Deanna Maria R.
Art, Music, even school, seem ordinary enough, but, for whom can these seemly ordinary activities have the greatest positive impact? The answer, children in migrant camps. Moria camp, in Lesbos, Greece, houses approximately 7,000 migrant children who have no where else to call home. The staff at the migrant camp admit that it is not an ideal place, especially for children, who have been displaced from war-torn countries. Many are traumatized.
Waiting, sometimes for months, for their asylum claims to be processed and heard, now in cold conditions without proper clothing, and many times alone, some children have fallen into deep despair. Holding back tears and barely able to explain in words what desperate lengths some of the children of Moria camp have resorted to, Angela Modarelli, a child psychologist at the camp, has dealt with approximately 20 cases of self-harm and two suicide attempts in a three-month span.
Meet Zekria, relating to the children on a personal level, knowing full well what they are going through, because he is also a refugee. Zekria describes conditions at Moria camp as bad; not enough food or medical staff. He founded a school that now boasts three classrooms with 20 teachers that provides English language, music and art classes, in general, a place where the children have a sense of normality in an otherwise desperate situation. As Greece calls for Europe to help with the migrant crisis, Zekria and other staff at the Moria camp, are helping the migrant children to rebuild trust and strengthen them while giving them a bit of happiness.