Author: Maria Louka
Photographer: Alexandros Katsis, winner of a Migration Media Award for Photography
Media: Propaganda, Greece
Date of Publication: March 9, 2019
Title: FIn Melissa Women Refugees Find a New Home
Short summary: At No. 18 Ferron Street, a few meters away from Victoria Square in Athens, in a neighborhood eroded a few years ago by racism, life is taking over again. The building is painted in bright colors, smells of freshly cooked food and produces multilingual sounds mixed with female laughs. The Melissa network is not exactly a support structure for migrant women and women. It’s a home. Not only symbolically. It has all these elements that exude comfort and intimacy. The stairs are decorated with paintings, in the large room are sofas, tables, flower vases, hot coffee and cookies and many women from 45 different points of the globe. Displaced, fragile, injured, sad women who transform and re-discover their strength.
The author, Maria Louka won a Migration Media Award in 2018 with her story An Unemployed Greek Family Opened their Home to a Family of Refugees.
With support from the award, and in tandem with photographer Alexandros Katsis she she published the story From the Bombs of Afghanistan to the Football Academy of Olympiacos.
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