In November of 2016, Community of Living Traditions and Muslim Peace Fellowship members Susan Smith and Sherly Fabre traveled to Ritsona Refugee Camp in Greece to provide interpretation, food and supplies distribution assistance. Responding to a call from former SPC Artist-in-Residence Arielle Stein, Susan and Sherly linked with Echo100Plus, an Austrian NGO that helps operate the camp. Arielle reported that they urgently needed assistance. Her call came at a time when the Assad regime and Russia were decimating Aleppo and other regions of Syria; and ISIS had just retaken control of Mosul in Iraq, causing successive waves of exodus to Turkey, Greece, and other regions of safety.
In addition to providing critical aid, Susan, Arielle and Sherly experienced incredible hospitality and connection across faith traditions from the refugees themselves.
Check out this video of Arielle and her fiance Jacob Plitman, who are Jewish, becoming engaged at Ritsona camp at an Islamic ceremony hosted by Syrian Arab and Kurd residents.