The book “My Friend!” is a project by Open Cultural Center that was created in the refugee camp of Cherso, to the north of Thessaloniki. With the words and drawings by children in the refugee camp, it explains the journey of refugees to arrive in Greece. Abdul, Elaf, Amar and Heva are some of the children who illustrated and explained their personal stories: their life in Syria, before and during the war, the journey to Europe, life in the camp in Greece and their dreams for the future.
The project aims to raise awareness and spread knowledge about the experience of thousands of refugees displaced by war for months and years, stuck in a present without solutions. Thousands of children have had their lives and education interrupted by war or violence.
The book teaches us about the reality of these children, and helps us to understand that, despite living in such a different situation, their dreams and hopes are not so far removed from the dreams of our own children, siblings, nephews and nieces, and even those we used to have when we were younger! To be able to be with family, go to school, play with friends and imagine our future jobs.
As well as being a tool for raising awareness among the population, the book can be used as in schools to teach values such as inclusion, respect and tolerance towards other cultures.
“A very beautiful little book with drawings and testimonies by the children. The story is overwhelmingly eloquent, because it exudes that naturalness with which children speak of the horror, the tenacity and hope with which they cling to life, their joy at making friends or dreaming of a better future.“Rosa Montero in El Pais about the book
Open Cultural Center is a non-governmental organization formed by volunteers who develop educational, cultural and awareness projects to support the refugee and migrant community in Greece and Barcelona. Since 2016, we have worked in the camps of Idomeni, Sounio and Cherso. Today, we continue to work with refugees in Polykastro, in the north of Greece.
Gift the book “My Friend!” and contribute towards the education of refugee children in Northern Greece .
The price/donation of the book is 10 € which will be used to continue financing the activities of Open Cultural Center in Greece.