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Interview with local Margarita Mavromichalis:
"My days started at around 7 am and I did not have a rest until about 8 PM... During those hours, boats would arrive the one after the other and the refugees at the campsite would multiply by the hour. There were lots of NGOs and volunteers working with great enthusiasm and making a huge difference. However there is always room for help, if one wants to do so. I needed to document the arrival of the boats so I would try to get as close as possible but always trying to be mindful of those who were actively helping the refugees to get to dry land. I have a huge respect for the contribution of all the rescue workers and I would never want to stand in their way in order to take an image. Often there were more volunteers there than necessary so I never felt that I was needed and did not assist. However, seeing the agony of all these people and how overwhelmed some of them were, I always ended up putting my camera down to offer one person a warm hug, another a helping hand, a mother two arms to hold her baby… I was not there on an assignment; I was there because I felt that I had to be there. So I documented and I helped
in any small way I could. Sometimes I felt so overwhelmed myself that I would forget to shoot. I had rented a car, since the distances on the island are long and whenever I drove from one place to another I would pick up as many refugees as I could along the way to drop them off at a designated meeting point. They had gone through hell to cross the Aegean and still had to walk for hours till buses picked them up and drove them to the registration center. I sometimes did the route back and forth numerous times trying to pick up as many people as I could, always giving priority to adults carrying children and those who seemed hurt. It might not be much but I am confident that at that particular moment, it made a huge difference to those who were offered assistance.