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Connecting People, Traditions & Generations

During the refugee crisis in 2015, thousands of refugees landed on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photojournalist Daniel Etter captured images of some of the island’s most compassionate citizens, who came together to aid the refugees in any way that they could.

Aimilia Kamvisi, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, brought refugees food, watched their children, and washed their clothes. “If it happened again, I would do the same thing,” she says.

Another islander nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize is Thanassis Marmarinos, who helped pull refugees to safety from their boats and from the sea. His own grandparents were refugees from Asia.

Carpenter Michalis Katsamprokos opened one of his houses as storage for clothes for the refugees. He recalls, “I made sandwiches, gave fruits and left soaps so they could wash. My fridge was full of water and they came here and knew they would have shelter and water to drink.”

Fisherman Stratis Valamios summed up the islanders’ desire to help. “Can you really ignore what’s in front of your eyes? Because tomorrow it could be me. I could be on a boat with my family and I would like to be helped.”

See the photos and article.