Since the signing of the March 18 EU-Turkey agreement things have complicated further for refugees: those who make the often
Hazam, 35, could no longer see a future for himself and his family in Deir al-Zour, a city that has been a flashpoint in the country's five-year-long civil war. A physical fitness teacher, Hazam could no longer work, while his wife was pregnant with their fourth child.
Lesbos, where I spent winter break as a volunteer, received thousands of refugees a day for many months. I find myself at a loss for words, unable to accurately describe what is going on in the region I just left. But the fact is, we all need to do better to help each other.  
Even as the islanders of Lesvos face their own crisis as Greece flounders to remain afloat in its own economic emergency
I spent 1 week in Lesbos Greece documenting Syrian Refugees and Volunteers. My experience was eye-opening, sad, scary, and often shocking. This is the first part of a series about my time in Greece.
Others were not so lucky. Just the day after I was with the Praksis team, at least 45 people drowned, including children
Instead of forcing myself to show up to back-to-back volunteer shifts, I realized that I could make a big difference by helping
The western world has a lot of soul searching to do. They should acknowledge their huge responsibility in this crisis, show more solidarity to Greece and step up. Every day that goes by is another day of mourning for humanity.
A family decided to spend their Christmas vacation on the ground in Lesvos to help the Syrian Refugee crisis. Here's what happened.
How dangerous are the life jackets the refugees are using to cross from Turkey to Greece? This week a factory with 1,200
The basics of the refugee crisis in Greece: Crossing the Aegean Sea
The numbers and the situation on the field indicate that we are dealing with the biggest demographic change since WWII. The term "migrant" or "refugee" crisis can't explain the complexity of this phenomenon.
This situation is not just another Greek problem; in fact, it is one more crisis the entire EU is forced to confront. Unfortunately though, its leaders are prioritizing securing borders rather than helping refugees find their own Ithaca.
I suppose that accepting the truth may reveal that perhaps we are a little selfish and maybe that's not something we truly wish to know about ourselves. Lack of empathy for fellow human beings, is not only because they are far away, but it is because of how we inform ourselves.
Most of these new arrivals, while thankful for reaching dry land safely, are exhausted, wet and frightened. IRC counselors and translators do their best to address their concerns and answer questions. Some of the most common questions aid workers get are also the most unexpected.
By getting to know Dr. Hasan and his wife, Mitzi has become an outspoken advocate on behalf of refugees fleeing violence in the Mideast and North Africa. The scope of this human crisis is overwhelming, simply unfathomable.
Some of the life jackets are just "pathetic pieces of plastic."
Now, in Greece, he and the 120 others who arrived yesterday will continue on their arduous journey, first to Molyvos, a coastal town that is about an hour's uphill walk from the shore, then on a bus to a locked detention facility in Mytilini, then to Athens where they will receive authorization for a temporary stay in Greece.