Up Close With Refugees

We had a unique opportunity to sit down with Awinash Bawle who spent a month at a refugee community center in Lesvos, Greece. As some of you may be aware Lesvos is considered as a gateway to Europe for people flee their countries. Awinash was kind enough to talk to us about his experiences, stories and thoughts about refugees crisis impacting the world. Hope you find these videos thought-provoking and insightful.
– Aby Rao, Director.

 

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Awinash Bawle discusses where he originally received the idea to volunteer to aid Middle Eastern refugees, and how he was able to subsequently engage with them in Lesvos, Greece. He then talks about how a refugee community center in Lesvos, Greece, came into being, and what aid services are offered to Middle Eastern refugees there. He further discusses Some of the challenges associated with developing relationships with Middle Eastern refugees in Lesvos, Greece. Awinash continues to describe the recreational experiences of Middle Eastern refugees in playing sports and games and talent show in Lesvos, Greece. He then highlights the challenges faced by Middle Eastern refugees, particularly women, in Lesvos, Greece, as it relates to cultural clashes and threats of abuse and why they chose to flee their home countries. Last but not the least he discusses how the media can play an active and effective role in highlighting the challenges faced by refugees, and advocating ways ordinary citizens can understand those challenges and get involved in helping refugees. Photo Credit: Shalizeh Nadjmi.
Working with refugees
Awinash Bawle discusses where he originally received the idea to volunteer to aid Middle Eastern refugees, and how he was able to subsequently engage with them in Lesvos, Greece.
Refugee community Center
Awinash Bawle discusses how a refugee community center in Lesvos, Greece, came into being, and what aid services are offered to Middle Eastern refugees there.
Interacting with refugees
Awinash Bawle discusses part 1 of the challenges associated with developing relationships with Middle Eastern refugees in Lesvos, Greece.
Helping refugees
Awinash Bawle discusses part 2 of the challenges associated with developing relationships with Middle Eastern refugees in Lesvos, Greece.
Playing soccer
Awinash Bawle discusses part 1 of the recreational experiences of Middle Eastern refugees in playing sports and games in Lesvos, Greece.
Talent night at refugee community center
Awinash Bawle discusses part 2 of the recreational experiences of Middle Eastern refugees in participating in a talent show in Lesvos, Greece.
Cultural changes and abuse
Awinash Bawle discusses the challenges faced by Middle Eastern refugees, particularly women, in Lesvos, Greece, as it relates to cultural clashes and threats of abuse.
Reasons for leaving home
Awinash Bawle discusses the reasons why Middle Eastern refugees in Lesvos, Greece, chose to flee their home countries.
Seeking Asylum
Awinash Bawle discusses the challenges faced by Middle Eastern refugees in Lesvos, Greece, in seeking asylum.
Role of media in refugee advocacy
Awinash Bawle discusses how the media can play an active and effective role in highlighting the challenges faced by refugees, and advocating ways ordinary citizens can understand those challenges and get involved in helping refugees.