Greece is a country renowned for its contribution to philosophy, democracy and civilization in general. Currently, though, Greece has been making a different contribution to the world. Migration is a global reality and Greeks are dealing with it in a unique way: hospitality. Everyday people across Greece become examples of kindness, humanity and solidarity, offering items to people who have nothing.
Within this framework, Amnesty International in Greece and Oxfam have created The Museum Without A Home wanting to thank Greeks for offering pieces of their lives, both metaphorically and literally, to this cause.
The Museum Without A Home is quite different from the ordinary, since it neither has a specific location nor opening hours, while the objects it displays are not works of art but things that the Greeks offered to people who needed protection and support and that played an important role in their everyday lives.
Look around for the exhibits throughout the city. You’ll find them at particular Public Transport modes (tube, trams and over ground coaches) as well as at the Acropolis Museum, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of School Life and Education and the Frissiras Museum. Visit them and listen to their stories; maybe you can identify with one of those!
Amnesty International is a global movement with over 7 million supporters, members and activists, fighting for the protection and respect of human rights. The Greek Section of Amnesty International was founded in 1975. The range of its activities comprises among others: actions for the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, for the rights of women and LGBTI people, for the right to conscientious objection, as well as actions against police violence, ill-treatment, and hate crimes.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 18 organizations which works with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries to end the injustices caused by poverty. It was founded in Britain in 1942, during the Second World War, to help ship food supplies to women and children in Greece. In Greece, Oxfam first launched its programs in October 2015 offering support to the increasing number of people who arrived at the Greek islands seeking safety and a decent life; it now operates in Lesvos, Athens and Ioannina.