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Where Refugees Call Home

Written by a volunteer ... a voice of CGR

Athens — My time volunteering with CGR in Greece was eye-opening in more ways than one. There was of course the usual culture shock one experiences when going on similar trips like these. You've probably heard a number of stories from family or friends that have gone on similar trips. At first, almost everything was a contrast to what I was used to. Where I was used to seeing wealth, I saw poverty. Where I was used to seeing peace, I saw turmoil. And where I was used to seeing home, I saw squatting. As my time in Greece continued, what seemed black and white became more grey as a father hugged his daughter or a family turned an old building into a home.

As refugees have fled, Syria, Afghanistan, and many other war torn areas came through Turkey and into Greece as a la