“Meet with Mohammed, originally from Somalia, who is now one of the residents of the Eleonas refugee camp.
You’d first be surprised to learn that he is an active interpreter in the camp.
Although he is only 12 years old, he speaks 6 languages. I was amazed to see how fluent he was in Turkish. His sisters and brothers mostly speak Turkish among each other, as they have lived and gone to school in Turkey for 3 years. He told me that he has also learned Farsi through his family’s journey, which he speaks pretty fluent. He also understands and communicates in Arabic, which he has learned mostly from his friends in the refugee camps.
Within his one year stay in Greece, he immediately picked up the Greek language and now he will be continuing his studies in Athens. Moreover, hanging out with the international volunteers in the camp, he has improved his English to a really good level. He says, he recently started to learn Spanish and if his family achieves to go to Germany, he would like to learn German also.
These children are actually forming bridges between languages, cultures and lands, just our ancestors had done all throughout the history all over the world.”
You can read the original facebook post by Esra Dogan HERE