If you grew up in a westernized part of the world, it is easy to forget things. You can forget your keys, where you left your jacket, or what you ate yesterday for lunch. But if your an Afghanistan child that has experienced a treacherous sea crossing, lost most of your loved ones or had to fight for every bite of food you could get, it’s hard to forget. And in the worst cases, it’s hard to remember how to be a child.
Aptart on the Greek island of Lesbos
Aptart, artist Ruben Sanchez and the team at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) recently got together with the children at the Moria Refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos (Lesbos), to practice the art of caring. The tents, containers and razor wire covered grounds they call home, were transformed with art and color with a little help from Montana GOLD cans and Montana ACRYLIC markers. With stencils, images of traditional Greek medicinal pots were painted on the outside of medical containers while self portraits and self reflection occurred when pencil hit paper.
All though most European media has forgotten about the the 1.8 million people who have fled their countries to seek refuge in Europe, not everyone has forgotten how to care about our fellow humans. And with a glorious Greek sunset and the salty smell of the untouchable blue sea that lies in the distance behind the wire, at least the kids in this camp have got a bit of color in their lives. For now anyway. Check it out here.
Images by photographer MSF/Nicoleta Contouli