#LightOnRefugees — Berivan

Photo: Allison Voight/Lighthouse Relief

Photo: Allison Voight/Lighthouse Relief

If there’s anyone in the camp who’s confident about the future, it’s Berivan.

“Since I was eight I have known I’m going to be an eye doctor,” she says. “I love eyes, because they show feelings. I've seen so many sad eyes.”

She whips out a pencil and draws a diagram of an eyeball with a tear duct next to it. “Did you know that when people cry, it comes from a sack next to the eye?” She pauses and points to her chest. “Of course, it also comes from the heart.”

Berivan’s family will be leaving the camp soon to continue their asylum process in Athens, a move that she has mixed emotions about. “I won’t get to see my friends as much, because they’ll be too far away. But I also won’t have to see any more bugs or rats.” She shudders. “I hate rats."

War, persecution and conflict is leaving 60 000 people stranded in limbo in Greece. Mothers, fathers, children, infants, elderly. People! Meet more of the real people behind the word "refugee" on the #LightOnRefugees page.