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The Island, the Sea, the Volunteer and the Refugee

As the refugee crisis in Greece subsides, poet Louise Wallwein responds to what she has seen and heard over the past year working as a volunteer on Kos.

The Headline Ballads .

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1. The Island, the Sea, the Volunteer and the Refugee with poetry by Louise Wallwein

As the pressure in Greece from the humanitarian refugee crisis subsides, Poet Louise Wallwein who has a long-standing relationship with the Island of Kos, travels back to Kos Town where she worked as a volunteer helping arriving refugees during the past year . In the wake of an agreement with Turkey, as the numbers of migrants crossing the sea from Bodrum to Kos falls dramatically, she travels back to find out how the humanitarian crisis played out on their doorstep has affected the Islanders and to meet the refugees who are left behind.

The trip inspired Louise to write a ballad based on what she has heard and seen

Producer. Susan Roberts.

45 minutes

Last on

Fri 3 Jun 2016 21:00

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Role Contributor
Writer Louise Wallwein
Producer Susan Roberts