Jill's #ctftripjournalfrom last week in Greece, before heading into Serbia. PART 1 OF 2: "Learned today that this is the coldest it has been in Greece for 54 years ... Sam (from the NGO Bridge2Refugees that supports the camp) was running around dealing with no heat at his apartment, blown fuses in the warehouses, setting up for the movie, making sure every little fire that pops up every 5 minutes is put out. And then everywhere he goes, the kids cry out, 'Sam!' and want his attention. Sam and his mom, Sarah, have done such a fantastic and beautiful job in 101 short days.
We had gone out and bought three more heaters thinking they could be used to put into the baby beds until it heats up a bit. We had to bring all the goodies we’d bought for the new baby last night and Sam said there was also a 3-week-old baby that could use a heater, too. First we stopped at the new baby’s room. Found out that the baby was 6 lbs., he just looked sooooo small. Such a good mama and such a proud papa, Mom looked tired but happy. The three girls are so adorable, full of smiles and wanting to practice their English. Dad made Sam and I Syrian coffee; wowsa, some very strong coffee. Thankfully Sam warned me about the last bit, which basically is straight coffee grounds.
In the hallway walking to the next family, we ran into a mom that we had given a box to in October! Baby looked great and sooooo big. The next baby was a girl, three weeks old. They had a heater, so they said to save it and give it to the next baby. It was a mom, dad, 2-year-old girl and the new baby girl. They were from Syria, near the Iraq border. 'Very, very beautiful,' said the dad. They had some neighbors visiting who were from Iraq. He could speak very good English. He said his family had to leave Iraq. He held up his hands and pointed to all five fingers saying, 'ISIS, Taliban...' He looked at me and said that without being completely veiled I would be killed for not covering. Then he said that women have only slits for their eyes to look out, and if they have eye makeup on -- he ran his finger across his neck." #withRefugees #bridge2refugees #carrythefuture #refugeeswelcome #babybeds #ctfdistributionteam23