As refugees flee war and persecution, and as governments strike deals to limit and funnel the flow, certain areas become bottlenecks for refugees on the move. They are stuck in limbo, in summer tents, in overcrowded camps that are beyond capacity, as the winter approaches yet again. Overcrowding, lack of clean water and sanitation, lack of mental health services all plague the camps. Nobody would want themselves or their families to be stuck like this. The refugees have been using the tool of nonviolent protest to bring attention to their situation. Now is the time for governments to step up and relocate them to safe areas. One such bottleneck is Greece. This is a comic I made describing the conditions of the camps on the Greek Islands, where thousands of refugees are stranded, waiting for an extremely slow bureaucratic process of asylum.
After making this comic, I found a graphic novel at the library that deals with similar issues:
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“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom. It was the age of foolishness.”
Threads from the Refugee Crisis By Kate Evans (UK, 2017)
Why you should read this book:
If you would like to learn more about refugees, so you can take the next step and help them
If you are interested in journalism and comics
If you are a fan of Joe Sacco’s Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and books like Harvey Pekar’s Macedonia: What Does It Take to Stop a War, and Sarah Glidden’s Rolling Blackouts.
Read my review here.