He came in with large open sores on his lower legs. His shoes were rubbing up against the sores. We got him cleaned up, and with new socks and shoes that would not touch his calves. His eyes lit up when I smiled at him.
Sadly, refugees along the route are given little or no opportunities to avail themselves of the hygiene facilities we all take for granted.
Confession. I really liked this girl. I actually did not want to put her down.
After we gave this little refugee boy his new clothes and mittens, he began to walk around the room handing out out mittens to everyone else inside.
It was almost the end of the night. Most of the train passengers had come and gone. We were getting ready to leave. Lingering for a few moments longer, in case of any last visitors. That's when the old man came, hesitantly, into our shelter.
She was very shy. But her mother whispered into her ear and told her to say, "How are you?" in English - Obviously something she had been taught before.
The media currently is working overtime to tell us how dangerous the refugees and Muslims are. Well, Megan Tucker and I have been working with Muslims for over three months now, and have met tens of thousands of them face-to-face.
In the summer of 2015 I came across a video online. Thousands of refugees were attempting to walk from Budapest to Vienna. I looked at these refugees in the video, at their sore tired feet, at their broken slippers. Families, grandparents, children ...
As donors and refugee relief volunteers we are sometimes described as generous. I must however comment that most of these refugees would do the exact same for you and your family if the roles were reversed. You will not find the gratitude and generosity of refugees portrayed in the general media, so I will make an effort here to portray the truth so that you get a real picture of the character of refugees.
One of the refugee children we helped today was a boy, about 11 years old. He had blisters and red sores all over his feet. This is very likely from having walked up to 20 kilometers in Greece, in shoes that were too small. He had to be carried in by one of our volunteers as he was unable to walk.