THE MIDDLE EASTERN ENTREPRENEUR THAT LOST EVERYTHING AT THE HANDS OF ISIS.

"I am starting from zero, but it's no problem, that's okay.

The number one thing is that my family is safe - I will always find a way."

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BY: KATALINA MAYORGA
 

You’ve heard the stories about millions of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations in the Middle East searching for asylum in Europe and beyond. 

We knew we had to do more than just watch as the news of these refugees poured in. This spring, we organized a small group of volunteers to help in whatever ways possible. Our volunteer efforts brought us to the Port of Piraeus outside Athens where a refugee camp formed virtually overnight. There we met Omar, who arrived in Greece a few weeks before, already having lost his home in the Middle East, his business, his money, and his safety. Despite having little to call his own, he volunteered to help us organize the makeshift supply distribution center at the port and acted as a translator and cultural advisor to the group of volunteers.

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We spoke with Omar as we sorted clothing donations and toured the makeshift camp where Omar shares a two-person tent with his wife and young children. 

His story is heart wrenching. It acts as a critical reminder that behind the news headlines that show masses of nameless refugees, there are actually countless individuals like Omar with families, desires for a safe life, and their own unique stories.