Human Stories from a Humanitarian Crisis

Human Stories from a Humanitarian Crisis

As a Regional Commissioner for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees, I am responsible for their reunion with families and relatives. If the minors have no families or siblings at all, then I take care of their resettlement in Greece in guesthouses or foster families, as well as their education, physical and mental health, and well-being until they are 18 years old. This 2-year-old boy in the photo was rescued in the Aegean Sea, near the island of Lesbos, after attempting to cross the Turkish-Greek coastline. His parents were drowned when the smugglers turned the boat over in the sea. He has a congenital visual impairment and, it appears, a post-traumatic stress disorder. He was floating in the sea for ten hours, before being rescued by the Green coastguards. It is a major challenge to deal with unaccompanied minors, as I am the basic, and sometimes only, link to their families. Every time I pick up a minor from the island of Lesbos, Chios, Kos, Rhodes, Kalymnos, and Samos, I encounter a different human story and it is quite difficult not to form a bond with them. So far, I know that all of the minors I had in my responsibility are quite well in their new homes or guesthouses.