Owning your own life

In the course of working on translating and transcribing our Arabic interviews with Manar Aeid, I gradually discovered her penchant for summarizing a complex, powerful or subtle issue in a short, amazingly translate-able phrase. An obvious example occurs in the blog...

Who took Greece down? (Austerity, Part Three)

After I published my reflections on the economic austerity regime imposed on Greece by the EU (see 'Helen's Story' and 'What Does Austerity Look Like (Part Two)') I received a couple of thoughtful and very interesting emails from an old friend from high school days....

Stop the flow

From the beginning of this project we had set as our goal to show the human side of the refugee crisis and not ignore, but leave in the background the politics involved. For weeks, I had been asking City Plaza to give us a person from their legal support services to...

City Plaza and Behfar

City Plaza is a squat that houses refugees. They don’t accept funding from governments or NGOs and they are entirely supported by donations and volunteers in solidarity, from Greece and around the world. It's a seven-story building in the middle of Athens that used to...

What Does Austerity Look Like? (Part Two)

What does austerity look like? (Part Two) There's another, disarmingly simple way into the austerity story. Yesterday, walking up one of the neighborhood's main commercial streets, I noticed I'd just passed several empty storefronts in succession. Empty storefronts...

UNHCR Philippe Leclerc

When we started thinking about who to interview for this project, Philippe Leclerc, United Nations High Commission for Refugees was near the top of our list. A lawyer by training, Mr. Leclerc has worked with UNHCR for over 25 years and assumed his position as...