Piper Perabo – in partnership with WhoSay and the International Rescue Committee – recently visited Syrian refugees in Greece, and has written about her experiences.

Piper Perabo meets refugees who have landed on the Greek island of Lesbos
Piper Perabo meets refugees who have landed on the Greek island of Lesbos
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“A few weeks ago, I went to Greece with the International Rescue Committee — (the IRC) — a global humanitarian aid , relief, and development nongovernmental organization — to help out in any way I could,” she wrote. "The Greek island of Lesbos is the closest to the shores of Turkey, so thousands of people arrive on these flimsy, rubber boats each day. On Lesbos, both refugees and inhabitants need all the help they can get.

“During the few days I was there, the IRC staff, along with local officials and volunteers, helped register more than 15,000 people. But that’s not all they did. They greeted incoming boats, organized buses for people traversing the mountain roads, cleaned the transit camp, and provided shelter and assistance to the most vulnerable — all the while treating people with dignity and humanity.

“What stood out to me most was just how incredibly patient and full of good will the Greek people and the refugees were after all they have been through. I got to know dozens of them during my time on the island and was moved by their kindness, sheer determination, and concern for one another.”

To read the full blog, click here.

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