Three weeks ago today I was on the Greek island of Lesvos, spending my last day in Skala Sikamineas taking photos and saying my goodbyes to all the wonderful people I met during my time there.
I got to meet Emilia Kamvisi, an 85-year-old Greek grandmother who came by the Lighthouse Relief camp one morning with her two cousins to get their medications from Wisconsin native and Lighthouse Relief volunteer, Dr. Margot. We sat around the campfire while her English-speaking cousin told us how famous Emilia was. She’d been photographed feeding a Syrian baby when the baby’s mother was too upset to do so and the photo had gone viral.
In the picture above, Emilia is delighted with my iPhone’s selfie feature wondering how she could see us both on the screen.
Recently, I signed a petition to nominate the people of the Greek islands for the Nobel Peace Prize. That petition garnered over half a million signatures. Then the news came. They would be and in the name of three individuals “to symbolically represent the ‘behavior and attitude of Greece, organizations and volunteers towards the huge refugee crisis.’” Emilia was one of the individuals.
Click below to watch a video about her and her fellow Skala Sikamineas nominee, Stratis Valiamos, a fisherman.
Peace Prize Nomination for Greek Refugee VolunteersThis Greek grandmother and fisherman have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for helping refugees who’ve been risking their lives to reach Europe.
Posted by AJ+ on Tuesday, February 2, 2016