Migrant Journey to Lesvos, Portland's Sister City


Thursday, February 21st, 7pm*

The Greek island of Lesvos in the northern Aegean Sea is one of Portland’s Sister Cities so what happens there is truly connected to us in Maine. In the past four years Lesvos has become a main gateway for migrants and refugees who are flooding into Europe through Greece. Nearly 750,000 people have come through this one island; and many get stuck there in camps as they wait for asylum requests to be processed. Migration is a hot topic in America, and this situation in Europe is changing that entire continent.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, Prof. Irwin Novak and Mary Snell of North Gorham will recount their first-hand experience with this historic migration in their talk – “Migrant Journey to Lesvos.” The event takes place at the North Gorham Public Library, 2 Standish Neck Road, Gorham, and it is free and open to the public.

In their PowerPoint presentation Novak and Snell, who have spent the past 30 summers on Lesvos, will show videos of raft landings, will discuss the thorny issues, and introduce their audience to some of the people of the island who were nominated in 2015 for the Nobel Peace Prize. A display of photographs, books and actual items recovered from the beaches will remain in the library for several weeks following.

The Greek island of Lesvos in the northern Aegean Sea is one of Portland’s Sister Cities so what happens there is truly connected to us in Maine. In the past four years Lesvos has become a main gateway for migrants and refugees who are flooding into Europe through Greece. Nearly 750,000 people have come through this one island; and many get stuck there in camps as they wait for asylum requests to be processed. Migration is a hot topic in America, and this situation in Europe is changing that entire continent.

(*If weather delays the event the snow date is Tuesday, February 21st)

#politics #refugee #syria #greece

©2018 By NGPL. Proudly created with Wix.com