Imagine All the People: A Tribute to the Refugee Experience
“Here I came from a sunny country as an ambassador of peace to say
We Syrians exist, we live, we think, we progress
Hiding our wounds
And with a smile we move forward into the future.”
In cooperation with international organizations such as The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the European Platform Literature Across Frontiers, the 17th digital TBF hosts for the fifth consecutive year digital actions and events focused on the refugee experience and the way it is reflected on literature.
Writing and Reading Workshop*
Four teenagers from Iran, who live in Thessaloniki, create their own writings during the experiential workshop while discussing about integration, diversity, solidarity and empathy on the occasion of a poem by Forough Farrokhzad “Someone unique.” By using the magical tool of writing and through the publication of their poems on the 17th TBF website, they share their concerns, their ideas and their visions about the future with the public.
Participants: Kian Dokht, 18 years old, Keihan Dokht, 16 years old, Mersedeh Sabzipour, 13 years old, Mahzyar Sabzipour, 17 years old, from Iran.
Moderators: Pavlina Marvin, writer, Kyriaki Tatsoudi, school teacher-philologist, responsible for the Solidarity Now educational team at the after school educational program for children of 6-18 years of age, that is being implemented with the support of UNICEF-IOM at Blue Refugee Center by Solidarity Now in Thessaloniki, Eleni Soukouroglou, psychologist.
*The workshop was held digitally on Saturday, November 14, 2020.
ORGANIZATION: HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE/ SOLIDARITY NOW