We just published the third chapter of Basma Abu Fanuna's brother's flight from Gaza to freedom. At the end of chapter two, he had just managed to sail from Turkey to the coast of Greece. We're sharing part of it here, but make sure you check our website to read the full story. "I arrived on Mytilene Island in Greece, I was embraced by a welcoming atmosphere. It was fabulous to know I was past the halfway mark in my quest to reach Belgium. But there was a woman volunteer aid worker among the crowd of people who gathered around us, about 40 years old. She said, “You made such a good attempt, but I’m sorry to say you will never get out of Greece."
I replied, “I am from Palestine, specifically from Gaza. That place that is blockaded by the entire world. And here I am in front of you. You think that I won’t be able to get out of Greece?” She answered: “Well, then I hope you will do it one day. Good luck.” Someone else came and told us to follow him into a camp. We followed a very long, meandering road, then—too tired to walk any more—sat down beside it. A car came then and took us to a temporary camp, where we also received a wonderful welcome. We were treated so well, I felt they really saw us as human beings. When we left the temporary camp, I told the camp staff, “Thank you for your beautiful humanity.” One of them replied, “Don’t thank us right now, because when you arrive at the next camp, you will be treated completely differently, and you will regret those words.” I won’t ever forget that again."
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