There are few people who know the politics of the camps on Chios as well as Abdullah. There are even fewer people who would be able to uphold their principles in a place where refugees’ lives are deemed less worthy and thus their rights are more easily taken away.
Abdullah is always around, chatting to volunteers and fellow refugees. That’s when he’s not translating, looking after vulnerable people in the camp, or generally being outraged by the treatment he and thousands of others have received. Abdullah was working as a nurse in his hometown Palmyra before he fled Syria.
On Chios, he has used his skills by volunteering with the medical team Salvamento Maritimo Humanitario. Abdullah has now been on Chios for one year and five months. He is the longest-running volunteer on the island.