After surviving traumatic journeys, children of the refugee crisis are getting swimming lessons.
This story was produced through a partnership between Slate and the Global Migration Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Squeals and laughter pierced the air in the Kara Tepe refugee camp on the small island of Lesbos in the Northern Aegean Sea. “Swimming today! Swimming today!” the kids screamed, running this way and that. Kara Tepe refugee camp occupies a former go-cart facility—a barren dirt field at the top of a small hill, surrounded by a grove of olive trees. To the back of the camp and down a slight hill lies a small private beach, which would soon be filled with young refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
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