How our book was created: ‘My Friend’

The book My Friend The refugee’s journey explained and illustrated by the children, is a new project by Open Cultural Center whose objective is to raise awareness and public sensitivity regarding the reality of thousands of refugees as a result of war lasting months and years, getting poorer every day and stuck in a present with no solution.

Adbul, Elaf and Amar are, among others, some of the children of the refugee camp in Cherso, in the northen area of Salonica who have drawn and explained their experience and who have signed the story of ‘My Friend’, a name used for European volunteers.

The book consists in illustrations and short sentences by the children who tell their personal story in four parts: their lives in Syria, before and after the war; their journey to Europe; their life in the camps in Greece and the future.