Michele Cobble will describe her volunteer experience on Lesvos in Greece last fall and discuss current developments of the refugee situation in the last 9 months.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated last year that more than 65 million people had been displaced from their homes and were seeking protection across the globe. Close to one million refugees have landed on the Greek island of Lesvos. Hundreds have drowned and suffered injuries.
All along the island’s shores, hundreds of thousands of life jackets rise in mountainous piles of orange, black and blue. Discarded by refugees upon arrival, the vests have become part of the landscape, enduring evidence of these desperate escapes.
Michele graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Applied Mathematics/Economics. Recently retired from the financial industry, she has participated in efforts to feed the homeless, tutor grammar school children and in September 2016 spent a month on Lesvos cleaning beaches and teaching refugee children in the camps.
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