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Refugee Supporters Share Stories On North Coast

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The refugees arriving in rickety boats in the Mediterranean are half a world away. 

But not for Stratis Valamios and Father Christoforos Schuff, who goes by Padre X.  They jumped into the middle of the flood of refugees. 

Valamios, who fishes for a living on the Greek island of Lesvos, didn't see a choice.  He could either help or watch people drown.  For his efforts, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Padre X runs an organization that helps refugees.  They bring their experiences to Arcata for talks and activism training this week.  And they visit The Exchange with many stories to tell.  

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.