The night was dark and scary, the waves of the Aegean Sea were gigantic and the engine of the broken boat was dead. The heart breaking screams of the women and children in the boat when the waves hit the boat was mixed with the terrifying sound of the lightning, sending shocking waves to my system. And there was me, in a corner of the inflatable boat holding my five terrified children together with my brave wife among 50 other refugees.
The wind was disturbing and the boat hit the huge rocks by the island which caused more damage and the boat started sinking, but before it completely sank we succeeded to get out of the boat, and come ashore, in the northern part of the Lesbos island in Greece. My name is Zekria Farzad and I am the founder of Wave of hope for the future.
Lots of children and no school
After almost dying in the Aegean sea that cold night, we continued our journey towards a safer destination, but when we could walk no more because the children got sick and everybody was tired, we had to register ourselves as refugees in Greece and they sent us to the biggest European camp, Moria, which was also known as “Refugees Hell”.
Like any other refugee family we also got a tent to sleep under and some other necessities, but soon I realized that something truly important was missing. There were a lot of children in the camp, but no school for them. When I asked the authorities they said we must wait three to six months in order for our children to be enrolled in a school. It didn’t make any sense to me and I wanted to do something about it. The next day I went to the city, bought a whiteboard with several markers and the same day I started teaching the refugee children outside in the sun, under an olive tree.