Stories from Chios

O, Artist from Syria - 35 years old

I arrived in Chios with my sister and little brother to visit my dying sister but we were too late. We never got the chance to meet as she was transferred to France. We are stuck here. My valuables were stolen, there’s no place to shower, and my heart is always crying as I wasn’t able to see my sister one last me before she died.

I was a successful artist back in Syria. I exhibited 11 times there and my pieces are even sold in Norway. I now spend hours painting in the centre. When I paint I forget everything, everything bad that has happened to me, and I am happy again.

God answered my prayers by sending women from the Athena Centre to help me. The volunteers are like stars that light up my path and guide me through this heavy journey.

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