Monologues across the Aegean Sea
The journey and dreams of unaccompanied refugee children
International Action Day, 21st March 2017
"Monologues across the Aegean Sea" is a collection of 28 testimonies of unaccompanied refugee children from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Morocco and Egypt. These children were forced to leave their homeland and arrived alone in Greece, crossing the Aegean Sea. Their stories were recorded in the book "Monologues across the Aegean Sea: the journey and dreams of unaccompanied refugee children", published in Greek and in English by the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network and the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
The Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network in cooperation with the International Drama/Theatre & Education Association - IDEA and with the support of UNHCR Greece have set March 21st, 2017, as the International Action Day for the "Monologues across the Aegean Sea." Artistic events, performances, public readings, school festivals and youth events will take place around the world on the said date on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The book “Monologues across the Aegean Sea - The journey and dreams of unaccompanied refugee children”
Let's all of us be part of this commemoration, by pursuing initiatives and actions on March 21st, 2017. Let's try to make the voice of children, who have lost their childhood because of war, violence and poverty, to be heard loudly, through the voices of other young people.
Let's share the results of our work, by sending translations of the monologues, photographs or video links to the dedicated platform.
Now more than ever, we need to tell the world we stand #WithRefugees. Add you name now at WithRefugees.com
"I love my country and I wish to return to my city, Aleppo. Now I am in Greece. I feel great loneliness at this point of time. I feel as if I am nothing."
"However, it was impossible to continue living in Afghanistan. There was no hope, no light, no progress there … Only invasions, war, terrorism, the Taliban … That’s why I had to leave."
"My dream is to be a successful civil engineer and travel to United Kindom. I want to visit countries with a rich history, to study their civilisation, culture and customs. I would also like to go to countries in a state of war and poverty in order to learn even more."