Amir stops us when we return with a new pram and personal hygiene products for the baby from Syria. He asks if we could spare a moment as soon as we are done with meeting the family. He waits. He has learnt patience through his long escape from his country, during which he had little influence over anything. Once we are finished, he comes over and asks if we would like to pay him a visit. He knows that we are here for a different reason, and we know that his need to talk to someone is even more important in a refugee camp than anywhere else.
Amir and his wife have prepared food which they want to share. When he says that this is how hospitality is shown in his country, his words trigger in us reflections on the quality of our collective, European hospitality that is keeping these people stranded here. Amir’s wife is pregnant yet all we can do for them at this time is to provide her with a well-balanced, hot meal every day and a layette for the baby that will be born any day now.
Let us share a little of what we have by providing at least one hot meal for the residents of the Moria 2.0 camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.