The months at Lesvos really changed my perspective. Being at Lesvos during the summer already changed me, but being there now for a longer period and working more intensively with the students and with Marijn, it did so much more now. First of all, I am so grateful to the students we met. We were teaching music to the unaccompanied minors in Moria, mainly boys. It is unbelievable how many unique wise and strong persons we met. The situation in Moria is very insecure. It is not safe, there is not enough food, there is not barely access to health care. I don’t write these facts down to make this journey sound very heroic, but because I know there are a lot of people who have no idea what is going on at Lesvos. Still if you read this, it’s totally another thing from experiencing it, but at least it gives more context. Within this situation, we saw so much power to go on and make the best out of the circumstances, with humour, sincere contact and a smile from time to time.
In the Netherlands I spoke to some people in my personal environment that are afraid of people that are traveling towards Europe to find a safe place to live. All over the world are people that could act violently. If you approach a person as if that person is dangerous, this probably will be the case. But if you choose to see the positive side of someone, this will be the side that this person will show you.
Music is even stronger than I thought. It creates a moment in which people can be together, where there is room to give a place to unprocessed emotions. I believe that music can help to create empathy and that this is something we need to create a world in which people don’t have to live in fear of each other. I will do my best to continue bringing these insights into practice in my daily life and hope to inspire other people to do the same.