“Dear friends. We really appreciate what volunteers doing. But we don’t need clothes and food and play cards even. We need is to live like humans.”

We met Ahmad in November 2016 following his critical post on Facebook about the role of volunteers on Chios. He was calling on volunteers to stop uncritically collaborating with the UNHCR and other humanitarian organisations and instead pressure their governments to stop Europe‘s inhumane treatment of refugees.

Ahmad’s tent was like a hub for many volunteers, where visitors were offered tea, cigarettes and conversation, a place of refuge and hospitality inside the camp.

In this video, Ahmad talks about his attempts to capture what it means to be a refugee through poetry. Ahmad spent more than a year living in a tent in Souda camp.

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