Mytilini clean and welcoming!
Below is a back to normal photo of the teleneio area taken today. A week ago this area was full of refugees and migrants.
The City, Volunteers, NGO's, Coast Guard, Police Officers as well as the Locals deserve a round of applause. Nice job on an incredibly explosive situation with fall out on social media still happening.
Days with this refugee/migrant crisis are never what you plan. I thought I would be down on the Northern part of the island today helping new arrivals but as fate would have it, last minute, I was pulled into helping an Afghani family to Mytilini. Here they are posing for another shot.
For me, it's been an interesting week as the tour that I had lined up with the cruise ship got cancelled because of the refugee/migrant explosive situation in the Harbor last Friday.
Of course I was disappointed and so was my pocketbook. And so were the other merchants and tour operators who make their livelihood on tourism. First it was the capital controls in July and now the refugee/migrants in August/ September. Can we have a break?
In a positive way something else is happening in Mytilini. These refugees/migrants are bringing a new business.
My eye catches the above at a bakery as I walk by.
And then there is the above shot of the charging of phones and calling loved ones. Somebody is making money in Mytilini.
From a local perspective, this situation dominates all conversations and has split the populus on what morally and ethically should happen? One camp wants them to disappear while another helps.
Diplomacy is the best advice I can give anyone since the disappearance word is a better one than some of the comments I have heard.
The truth of the matter now is the international media is coming to report on the story of the century. And guess who is in the spotlight - Mytilini as our island is called - Lesvos. And yes there are many spellings. These are mine! The City is getting clean.
Here's Sappho Square the clean up begins.
And here's a park near the theater.
One of the important lessons, I have learned in this whole "refugee/ mass migration" is communication.
This mass migration is moving fast and as a community we are trying to cope with helping people and moving people onto their ultimate destinations while keeping our communities clean and resourceful.
Today, I found out that the registering process is happening at a football field after the "new police station." This police station is up the road from the old police station.
My heart filled with hope, when I saw some refugees/migrants with boxes of food and the red cross on them. Relief thank god is on the way! And guess what so are the media! We saw three news crews and another photographer.
There are many local people and organizations helping and more on the way! And I am happy to say, Mytilini is ready for the next arrivals who are walking as I write to the City to get registered.
This story will be continued....