Stories from a Greek refugee camp and from N. Iraq

SOUP SUPPER AND SHARING: Three14517608_1111146715635230_1594434065921435948_n Local Residents Speak About Time Spent at Refugee Camp

Three local residents who spent a month this summer working at a refugee camp in Greece, will speak about the refugee crisis and their experiences in a free public event on Wednesday, October 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. in Chauncey, OH.

Peggy Gish, Ivars Balkits and Lisa Trocchia-Balkits, have recently returned to Athens after spending four weeks volunteering in the refugee camp known as Pikpa, on the island of Lesvos, Greece. The group also started an important human rights monitoring project while there. Peggy spent an additional month working with Christian Peacemaker Teams on a separate mission in Northern Iraq.

In support of this work, the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Athens Friends Meeting (Quakers) has invited the trio to share their experiences with the public at a free soup supper on October 26. The event will be held at the Friends Meeting House, 22 Birge Drive, in Chauncey. Homemade soup (vegetarian and vegan options available) will be served beginning at 6:30pm and the talk will begin at 7:15 and run until 8:30. Carpooling for students and interested others from Athens will be available and organized by United Campus Ministries. Ample parking is available for those who drive. For more information on ride-sharing, contact Melissa at (740) 593-7301 or For more information on the soup supper speaking event, contact Ivars at

All are welcome and encouraged to attend to learn more about what is happening on the ground and also about ways to help.


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