“We must do something.” That’s what Erik-Jan, the one who initiated this trip, thought after reading yet another shocking story about refugees drowning in a sea not too far from home. He gathered two of his friends, Arjan and Hindrik, to make concrete plans to offer help on Lesbos. When Hindrik – my brother in law – invited me I didn’t need much time to think it through. Even though I’m not sure what to think of this whole refugee situation, in all it’s complexity, I know I don’t agree with the way children and mothers and fathers have to risk their very lives on a ten kilometer long boat trip to arrive in my Europe. So I went with the three guys; to offer help wherever needed.
We were on Lesbos for six days. Prior to our trip we connected with local NGO’s and people who already had been on Lesbos to volunteer. Even though these connections were very valuable with arranging a lot of stuff before our departure to the island, they didn’t get us to where we’d spend most of our time.