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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 September 2019
PEOPLE AND PLACES 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Refugees on Samos island tell their stories through photographs ‘Through Our Eyes’ depicts the shocking reality of asylum seekers’ daily lives in the ‘hotspot’ ‘Through Our Eyes' is a groundbreaking photography project showcasing the day-today of young asylum seekers kept in the 'hotspot' camp on Samos Island, Greece. All the photos have been taken by the refugees themselves as part of the Mazi Youth Centre's projects. “There was a protest. All the African guys wanted to be transferred and they burned 2 toilets” — Mahdi, 15 years old Mazi (together in Greek), which is supported by the NGO Still I Rise, is the only option for education for them. The youth centre was founded in 2018 by Nicolò Govoni, Giulia Cicoli and Sarah Ruzek, and aims to provide informal education and psychosocial support to children aged 12 to 17 in the camp. The photography class, run by Novara, has seven subjects that include history of photography, portrait, movement, using light(s), black and white, street photography and editing. Upon completing the workshop, students were given a disposable Kodak camera to capture and caption moments from their daily lives. Many takes are shocking yet other photographs depict glimmers of hope. *For more go to throughoureyes.com “I remember that day because my ausweis was open and we were at the beach to celebrate” — Samaneh, 16 years old “How people build their house in the jungle.” — Mahdi, 15 years old “Women in Iran can’t drive scooters and I like that here we can” — Samaneh, 16 years old Barbed wire is horrible but its geometry is fascinating” — Mahdi, 15 years old “Rubbish is one of the most important problem of the camp” — Omid, 15 years old “The people of the camp think that the cats eat the rats, but the cats are afraid of the rats because they are so big!” — Zeynab, 17 years old Father’s Day at the Hellenic RSL When Greek ex-servicemen get together, the topic of conversation inevitably goes to history, politics and civic duty. At the Hellenic RSL Sub Branch's Father's Day lunch in South Melbourne on Sunday, the focus was less on he- roic deeds and more on the enjoyment of good food, entertainment, conversation about Greek holidays and family life, and the essence of all it is that servicemen risk their lives to protect. Branch President Steve Kyritsis said: "Today we are here with our dads to show gratitude for all they have done for us and have a drink in their honour." A Vietnam vet himself, Mr Current Hellenic RSL Sub Kyritsis stressed the impor- tance of honouring the past but also looking to the future. "We are very proud to have Ken Tsirigotis (vet from Afghanistan)," he said. "We hope young people will continue to give the example." The Hellenic RSL Sub Branch was founded in the '70s and promotes the contribution of Greeks to the Australian War Effort over the 20th century and beyond. Mr Kyritsis has written two books highlighting the contribution of Greek Australians that fought as part of the Australian military forces in WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War. Anyone interested in exploring the long connection between the Hellenes and Australia's Military is welcome to contact the Sub Branch. Effie Kiritsopoulo and Effie Terzoudi read a Father’s day poem. Uncle Manoli Karvelas having fun with the kids The oldest father at the event at the Father’s Day event was John Curran. In this photo he is with committee members Denis Patisteas, Manoli Karvelas and Major Peter Mercoulias (Rtd). Youngest father on the day was Michael Ciprian and daughter Ava with committee members Denis Patisteas, Manoli Karvelas and Major Peter Mercoulias (Rtd). Left to Right – Veterans from two different conflicts. Left to right – Dionissios Daskalou (Cyprus 1974) and Ken Tsirigotis (Afghanistan 2012).
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