Gk: Kindness to Strangers
The Greek villages of the island of Lesbos - Petra, Efthalou and Skala Sikamineas line the Mytilini Strait, just 10 kilometres across the sea from Turkey. They form the frontline and entry point not only to Greece but also to the rest of Europe.
Between May and October 2015, during the height of the Syrian war, Turkey opened the floodgates to Greece and in this five-month period approximately 400,000 asylum seekers crossed the straight to these villages. For the local residents it was catastrophic but also life changing. The global community was absent and it was left up to the locals to rescue and care for up to 2000 refugees landing on their shores each day. Local fishermen went out towing the boats to safety while ordinary citizens dragged the dead and the living out of the sea.
The peaceful life on the island changed dramatically, with no help coming, an intimate drama played out between the villagers and the refugees.