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A friendship born in dance

Photo by Daphne Tolis

What will the future hold for two girls with a special bond who are living in a refugee camp in Greece? Photo by Daphne Tolis.

Nazia and Rolian* bonded over their love for dance. The two 16-year-old girls—one from Afghanistan, the other from Syria—practice Zumba moves to videos downloaded on Nazia’s mobile phone.

“I want to become a dancer,” says Nazia with a bright smile on her face. “My favorite singer is Justin Bieber. To go to one of his concerts would be my biggest dream come true. But I don’t think it will ever be fulfilled.”

Nazia and Rolian met at Eleonas, a refugee camp outside of Athens. Their friendship developed in the International Rescue Committee’s safe healing and learning space, which they attend on a daily basis...

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