UNHCR High Profile Supporter THEO JAMES Visits Greece
In March of this year The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) stated that more than one million people have now crossed into Greece since the start of 2015.
For these families UNHCR has been a lifeline, helping them survive, recover and build a better future. This June, Hollywood based British actor Theo James, best known for the sci-fi trilogy Divergent, travelled to Greece to learn more about the work being done by UNHCR. Theo has a very personal story that connects him to the refugee situation. His Grandfather, Dr. Nicholas Taptiklis, fled Greece during the Second World War, making his way by boat and then overland through Turkey to Damascus, Syria.
Immediately after the Second World War ended, Dr. Taptiklis worked in Gottingen, Germany with the organisation that was the precursor to the UN Refugee Agency, fighting typhoid and tuberculosis in the refugee camps.
During Theo’s visit he travelled to the Lagkadikia relocation site in Northern Greece where he met some of the displaced families and witnessed first-hand their sense of helplessness. “The mission with UNHCR felt deeply personal but more importantly it was eye opening. We are all aware of how complex and politically charged the refugee crisis in Greece is. But to meet these families, these fathers and mothers struggling in the midst of one of the greatest humanitarian crises since The Second World War, was beyond anything I had expected. These are proud intelligent people fleeing their country out of total necessity. The only other option for them is war and death. The UNHCR’s mandate with its partners, the Greek government and its people is imperative to the millions of refugees and their legacy…” said Theo.
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