Thursday March 10th the Erasmus+ team went to visit the Diavada, a refugee camp in Thessaloniki, Greece. We went by bus, and the drive took about 40 minutes. This day, it was raining, and it was a bit cold. I knew as a fact that the conditions at the camp was bad, but I wasn´t really sure about what to expect.

 

When we arrived, the first thing I saw was a line of people. They were in line to get food. We went on a “tour” of the camp. The “guide” told us that there were three “main” houses. One of them was a kind of nursery, another was a place for medical help, and the last one was a “temple”/mosque for the Muslims.

 

As we walked trough the camp, we saw a lot of people. There was approximately 1000 people at Diavada. Both kids and adults, men and women was at this camp. We were supposed to go to Idomeni, the refugee camp that is most in the media these days, but we weren´t allowed to go because of conflicts in the camp. The conditions in Diavada were even worse that I had imagined. We saw kids without shoes, and their clothes weren´t suitable for the weather. As I said, it was raining when we were there, so the ground was muddy and dirty.

 

In my eyes, this trip was an eye opener. We´ve heard about the refugee camps on the news, but to actually see it with you own eyes and to be in one of those camps, was really special. I kind of felt bad being there, because I felt that we were “looking at the people”. It seemed to me that some of my fellow students (and teachers) thought we were in a zoo and we were looking at animals. That felt wrong to me. I felt sorry for the people who lived there, because I knew that I wouldn´t be able to live like that myself. And that is why I felt it was wrong to be there and “look at them”. The people in these camps are just as much worth as anyone else. These people deserve better, and we need to help them to get a better way of living!

 

Ingvild K, Student Team Norway

Visiting a refugee camp