Yesterday had been a very emotional Mother’s Day for the unaccompanied children of our shelters in Chios and Samos. They honored their mother, the person who gave them the most precious gift, their very life.
In the accommodation facility in Chios, the children portrayed the meaning of mother through their personal experiences and the struggles she has given to raise them. “My mother is everything”, “she is the light of my life”, “she is the reason I exist”, are some of the thoughts the children wrote about what the word “mother” means. Finally, they wrote a letter to her wanting to share moments from their lives and words of love that were never spoken.
The children in Samos also sent messages of love and affection to their mother, while they “received” heartwarming messages of love, pride, tenderness and the silent presence of their “mother”.
Many refugee children are deprived of their mother. The efforts made by all these mothers to give their children a better life, sacrificing their own, can only bring us feelings of respect and admiration.
METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facilities in Chios and in Samos are funded since June 2020 by EEA Grants in the framework of the Asylum and Migration programme.