Jill's #ctftripjournalfrom Northern Greece before traveling to Serbia last week, PART 2 OF 2: "The family with the new baby have a 2-year-old whose legs are not quite right -- they shake when she stands, and she is very, very tiny. She climbed into Amanda’s lap and just snuggled there for the 30 minutes we were visiting. Everyone sits on the beds; they have the UNHCR gray blankets on the bed and floor. Like all rooms, very clean and organized. The 2-year-old has neurological damage. Mom spent so much time hiding from the bombs while pregnant in Syria that she was only able to eat bread and water. Sam said they will work to get her physical therapy, but there also seems to be some cognitive damage.
There are five volunteers here from the U.S., and they too were busy with the long to-do list. About 10 minutes after we arrived, the electricity went out to the whole warehouse/office building. No problem, the volunteers had brought lights with them!
We all headed over to the 'movie room' and started setting up. Sam gave us general directions and we set to work. This is a fun distraction for the whole camp. At the end of the movie, the kids get treats. We had bought chocolate bars, there were bags of marbles, suckers, potato chips, and a juice box. We had 70 juice boxes and chocolate bars, and the last kid got the last juice boxes and bars!
Perfect count. During the movie, in addition to the 70 kids, there were maybe another 10 teens and maybe 15 parents. The movie was Tarzan, the cartoon, dubbed in Arabic. Both Amanda and I had a kid on each lap and another girl on the chair between us who wanted to hold both of our hands. So much love.
Tomorrow we will start heading toward Serbia, but since customs is not open until 9 a.m. in Serbia, we will spend the night in Skopje, Macedonia. The drive is only 3.5 hours, but we will give ourselves plenty of time. Should be interesting." #withrefugees #me2you #solidarity #grassroots #choosehumanity #ctftripjournal #greece #bridge2refugees #carrythefuture