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Through Despair, Refugee Women Show Their Strength

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What an amazing and powerful start to our journey in Greece. Our first gathering was comprised of 14 refugee women speaking Somali, Arabic, and Kurdish. We sat together at the wooden library of Habibi.Works, just down the street from the Katiskas refugee camp in Ioannina, Greece. Together in the circle with Sara-Christine, me, and the incredible refugee women, were leaders and volunteers from Second Tree and the Ioannina Community Center who serve refugees and local Greeks. We are ready to listen and learn.

Although we just met, we sit in a circle as friends and toss the Hoberman sphere around, sharing our names and our favorite animal. Giggles and smiles set a tone of compassion and warmth as we settle in for a brief practice of mind