The Sunday Letter

The Sunday Letter

One of the reasons I started this blog was that I wanted a place to share everything I was thinking about. It’s hard to know what you think about something until you write it down. As well as place that holds stories, photos and tales of tea and travel, I also share fun things I find on the Internet. Every Sunday I share a peek of what I’m reading, listening to, inspired by, and give an update about what’s going on in my life. These are my Sunday sundries.

Yes, you read right. It looks like in addition to doing work in Sarajevo my work with Photographers Without Borders and Project 1948 is also taking me to one of the front lines of the refugee crisis. Because of the recent Balkans route lockdown and subsequent EU restructuring of how they’re taking in migrants, we don’t know exactly what Idomeni will be in a month’s time when we arrive. It used to be little more than a train stop along the Greek/Macedonian border. Right now, it’s about 12,000 people living in wet, cold and muddy conditions. In a recent BBC interview, a doctor from Medecins du Monde called it “disgusting”, and told the BBC he informally suggests people leave the camp because it is so unhygienic.

This NGO project has really evolved since I got on board. Originally we were just working with youth in Sarajevo who’d grown up in the aftermath of war. We’ll still be spending time doing just that, but with Bosnia’s proximity to the current migrant crisis through the Balkans in Europe, it would be tone-deaf not to get involved in helping people going through a huge upheaval in the region. I look forward to doing whatever I can do be useful and tell stories from Idomeni. If you’d like to help the project that I’m involved in, please consider donating what you can. We’re bringing clean undergarments and food to the people there, plus we’ll be giving cameras and recorders so that people can tell their own stories.

Here are my favourite things from the internet this week:

That’s them! Wow. It’s a bit of a long list this week.

Before you go, please enjoy the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (I’m so excited!).

I’ll see you next week!

Mel Hattie Signature 2016 - Final - Mel Only

 

 

 

 

 

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