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Jelle Wassenaar proposed

Borders

A poem about the ability for European people with passports to cross a border with no trouble whatsoever, while people who seek refuge experience borders as an obstacle and is the cause for serious hardship. It was inspired by walking from Greece to Macedonia as a person from a foreign land.   cross lines without […]

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Jelle Wassenaar proposed

a Number, a Name

A poem from two different perspectives about refugees who are lost in the numbers, currently living in a camp where they are usually asked for their tent / isobox  number when on the receiving end of food, hygiene items and such. I’ve tried to paint the picture from a camp resident and a volunteer (who […]

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Jelle Wassenaar proposed

Complicated

A poem about the complicated world of helping people (as a volunteer) and how one can struggle with emotions as you enjoy your time, but also questioning whether you came with the right intentions and or if your actions do more harm than good. I also touch on the constant depression (trauma) and hopelessness that […]

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Jelle Wassenaar proposed

Darkness

A poem I wrote while in Greece about the trip people make from Turkey via Farmakonisi – a military island – to Leros.   Black sea, black ocean mind racing, wheels in motion a screeching voice of the blowing wind it’s loud and scary beginning till the end   darkness surrounds me am I blind, […]

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Jelle Wassenaar proposed

Life in the jungle

A poem about life in Calais and how it must’ve felt like before it got dismantled earlier this year and people were transferred to camps / centres in France.   A point near the sea not where oceans but two countries meet thousands stranded human beings, they are just like us politics inter fear, abandoned […]

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Jelle Wassenaar proposed

MY STORY AS A VOLUNTEER IN A GREEK CAMP IN RITSONA

From the very first moment you – a stranger – enter the community of Ritsona, you feel accepted. People see an unknown face, I see all new faces, but no need for awkward silences or elaborate ice-breakers. Being part of an established and well-respected charity group called ‘ECHO100Plus’ is enough. They know why you are […]

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