Actress and activist Susan Sarandon arrived on Lesbos on Thursday to witness first-hand refugees arriving on the island.
“The international community must see what is happening in this corner of the world. It must realize the size of the problem and understand it. These people should stop being ‘somebody else’ and must become the refugees that we must stand by them and support,” she told Athens News Agency on Friday.
The actress chatted with volunteers and members of non-governmental organizations operating on the island: She explained “As mother of three children I completely understand what means to be a mother with children running away from war and the squalor, to reach the coast and to be forced to make this travel only because you must survive. Let’s hope that very soon the countries that do not participate in the effort to save all these people will do so.”
Sarandon spent Friday morning at the spot where boats with migrants arrive on the island. She assisted children, helping them to change their soaked clothes, socks and shoes.
A five-year-old Iraqi, Semihan and her two younger siblings captured Sarandon’s heart when the little girl broke into tears while she held her in her arms.
“Have courage, you’ll make it,” Sarandon told the young girl’s parents when they boarded a UN’s bus to take them to the Identification Center at Moria.
Source: Athens News Agency