Making the Syrian Refugee Crisis Personal

May 20, 2016

Making soup to help feed the multitude of refugees on Lesbos was one of the tasks John Namkung volunteered to do.
Credit John Namkung

Millions of Americans have seen and heard about the millions of refugee refugees who are flooding into Europe to escape the ongoing violence in Syria, Afghanistan and other Middle East war zones. Today we hear from one man who went to Greece to do what he could to help them.

John Namkung was far from  the only volunteer to arrive in Greece without a clear plan for how he wanted to help the refugees there. He discovered there were dozens of ad hoc groups who had organized themselves to address specific needs.

Making and service hot soup was an important task at the refugee camp, where the need always exceeded the volunteers' ability to meet it.
Credit John Namkung

  During his volunteer trip to Greece, John Namkung recorded his thoughts and experiences in a 9-part blog, illustrated with numerous photographs he took. You can read it here.  On Monday evening, he will also offer a talk and slide show titled, How My Experiences with Refugees in Greece Opened My Eyes and My Heart. That presentation will be at Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, in Cotati on Monday, May 23, at 7 PM. The event is free, but donations for refugee aid will be collected.