This article was originally published on Esquire Italia
(thanks to Annika Gialdini and Paola Natalucci for the translation)
Three years ago, after a long time spent working in a number of fields, I went back home. I went back to what I had been doing for a while when I was the age Silvia Romano is now: working in Palestine and in Burkina Faso, and in Italy, too, amongst the homeless, those displaced by earthquakes, and migrants. I went back because I wanted to feel useful, that’s for sure, because I saw how much work was needed, and because I thought I could play a part in making a difference; but I also went back because doing what I do now gives me an opportunity to work closely with people like Silvia
I went to Greece to work in refugee camps that housed (and still house, even though most people seem to have forgotten) refugees fleeing war in their homes of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Together with other volunteers, I created Second Tree, an NGO that works to create a brighter future for these people.