Sebastien Herman, a former Mignet International student, is currently studying at the University of London, but he took time off his holiday to share his experiences working in the migrant camp in Lesbos, Greece last summer with the students of the 3e International class.
« I saw an open door and I went for it, » Sebastien told the class. The open door took him to the island of Lesbos, the temporary home to nearly 6000 people who have ended up there after undertaking a perilous journey across the sea from Turkey. « In Lesbos there are two camps, » Sebastien explained, « Moria and Kara Tepe, where I worked. In Moria, conditions are really bad. There is no running water and no toilets. Kara Tepe is a bit better. »
Sebastien worked on projects, particularly building a sports center or teaching people how to swim. « The most important thing is to help them help themselves, » he said. Lesbos is the first stop in Europe for people from many different countries. « I had friends from Syria, from Sudan, from Afghanistan. » Some of them have already spent months waiting to get their papers to continue their journey. « There are families and children. It was heartbreaking. » Sebastien made a lot of friends while he was there. « But the hardest thing was saying good-bye, because I knew that I had a passport. I could leave and get on with my life, but my friends are still there. Waiting. »
The 3e International is currently organizing an all-school event to continue to shed light on this important subject.