Talk on Refugee crisis on Lesvos

LesvosThe island of Lesvos in the northern Aegean Sea has become the gateway for the wave of migrants and refugees that are flooding into Europe through Greece. As of last count, more than half of the nearly one million people who have come through Greece in 2015 first landed on Lesvos. Portland, Maine and Mytilene, Lesvos are Sister Cities.

In a talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, Prof. Irwin Novak and Mary Snell will recount their experience on Lesvos this past October when they witnessed this historic migration first hand – a crisis which has shaken the entire European continent. The talk takes place in Room 133 Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus. Sponsored by the Hellenic Society of Maine, it is free and open to the public. FMI – 892-9831

In their PowerPoint presentation Novak and Snell – who have spent the past 25 summers on Lesvos — will show videos of raft landings, will discuss the thorny issues of border controls, and introduce their audience to some of the people of the island (symbolically nominated this year for the Nobel Peace Prize) who have been helping with this crisis even though their lives have been turned upside down.

Contact: Mary Snell – 892-9831

2 thoughts on “Talk on Refugee crisis on Lesvos

  1. Greetings Mary-
    I attended & enjoyed your presentation yesterday, but brought nothing to write on.
    I am hoping that you can reply with the website the refugees use to explore in advance the entry situation in the various destinations available to them.
    I plan to attend the movie on March 6th having spent a few days on Andros in Sept. on ’98.
    Finally I think the people of Lesbos must be the finest in the world.

    See you and Irwin on the 6th.


  2. Dear Sir/Madam

    I am a resident of Lesvos and a business owner of a boutique vacation rental propert on the island. Currently the refugees are leaving Lesvos as are the NGO/NPO and volunteers and, with this the recent unpredictable tide of change the island is in now in dire straits – we are developing new forms of collaboration with people from outside of the island to encourage interest in the locals and their community who are suffering as tourism drops daily. Lesvians have given so much love and help to refugees to have been now left isolated. I will be in the USA from 22/4 through 13/5/16 and would be obliged to talk with relevant persons interested in helping Lesvos turn things around. We are running out of time. I would appreciate hearing back from either Prof. Novak / Ms Snell.
    Thank you
    Eleni Atsikbasis

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