A 3-year-old girl stood shaking uncontrollably, visibly in shock. Her father frantically stripped off her wet clothes, trying to get her dry.It was 40 degrees along the coast of Lesbos, Greece, on a recent pre-dawn morning. The Syrian family had just arrived from Turkey, crossing a harrowing six-mile stretch crammed onto a small boat.Along the beach, men wearing nothing but jeans and T-shirts stood drenched, their shoes sticking in the sand.“I was with people that had nothing but the clothes on their back,” said Spring Lake resident Jim Keady, describing what he saw during a recent volunteer trip to Greece. Earlier this month, Keady spent 10 days helping mostly Syrian and Afghan refugees arriving in boats from Turkey.“I met doctors, I met engineers, I met teachers, I met construction workers. These are people that are educated and are professional,” said Keady, 44, who went as a volunteer with his nonprofit Educating for Justice. “They just want to live in a place where bombs are not ripping through their neighborhoods day in and day out.”Keady documented his entire journey, posting video and photo updates on his Facebook page of the refugees he met, their stories and their perilous journey to Europe. Their stories are chilling.The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates nearly 1 million… Read full this story
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