|Hassan helps me fit my friend Krystal's beloved carrier onto a refugee mama & her super spunky little baby Photo credit: Keli Hiatt Anderson|
Hassan was living in a tent at the port while we were there...He is a Yazidi man traveling with a group including his sister, who unfortunately, learned during our stay that she had lost 95% of her sight, and the only chance of saving her from complete vision loss was an operation that she'll never be able to get as a refugee...their whole family is incredibly kind and strong, from what I can tell. Hassan, though, was more or less willingly adopted by our group and was indispensable in his role as our translator, since he speaks fluent English, Arabic, and Kurdish. He is also just a genuinely nice guy, and fun to be around...He was game for pretty much anything we threw at him. In addition to just walking around helping us to translate, he was out there helping us to fit carriers, helping us with heavy lifting, walking from gate to gate to gate with us...he even came with us to the Elliniko warehouse and worked all day sorting aid.
|Hassan and Lily being their cute selves while walking between gates at the port|
|a testament to how fast we were trying to work here, but notice the blue blur at the top left? That's our guy, makin' it work. Photo credit: Cristal Munoz Logothetis|
Much love and good wishes for you and your family, Hassan...and of course, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!