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Robin and Robert Jones have lived part-time on the beautiful island of Lesbos, Greece for 42 years. Their small village of Molyvos, home to about 1,000 residents, has evolved in the last decades from an economy based on fishing and olives to one dependent on tourism.

In 2015 Lesbos became a flashpoint for the refugee crisis sweeping Europe and Asia. When the Jones's returned to Molyvos in April 2015, fewer than 150 refugees a week were landing on the island. By the time they left in November, 3,000 desperate people were pouring onto their beaches every day after having made the dangerous crossing of the Aegean Sea on overcrowded rubber rafts from Turkey.

The Jones's joined other volunteers to help the refugees, over half of whom were women and children. Soaked, with few to no belongings, the refugees desperately wanted to continue their journey to Northern Europe and leave Greece as soon as possible. Until buses started in the fall they had to walk 60 kilometers over mountain roads in sweltering heat to cross the island to the official Registration centers.

At a rest stop set up for the refugees, Robin, an art teacher, provided paper, colored pens and a plastic tablecloth she spread on the ground to give the children a place to draw. They sketched tanks and guns but also flowers and homes. Streaks of blue represented the water they had just crossed.

In The Refuge Crisis: Through the Eyes of the Children, Robin's photographs and Robert's narrative tell a compelling story of families fleeing from cities and towns where they feared for their lives. It is their hope that this book will, through the eyes of the children, bring home the real impact of the "Refugee Crisis" and put a human face on this unprecedented exodus.

To view a slideshow of more of the children's art and an interview with one of the Syrian refugees, visit

ISBN-13: 978-1-8834247-6
82 Pages, 8.25" x 8.25" Full Color Paperback,

About the authors, Robin and Robert Jones

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Praise for The Refugee Crisis: Through the Eyes of the Children

“The magnitude of the story {Robin and Robert Jones] stepped into was both daunting and inspiring. I am grateful to Robin who recognized the art process as a way to support the children's experiences and to Robert whose compelling narrative contextualizes the tragedy as it unfolded....these images give voice to the scope and breadth of the tragedy. May this book help us connect to the experiences of others who seem far away...May we all follow the compassionate response of Robin and Robert.

—Debra Linesch, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, of Loyola Marymont University.

All the proceeds from the sales of Through the Eyes of the Children over the cost of the book will be donated to IsraAID.

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