Her work at JRS in Athens? It is essentially the JRS’s
mission of accompaniment. On the third floor of the Jesuit residence, the
sisters have a few rooms that are separated by a simple divider from the
section where the volunteers live - currently young people from France, Belgium
and Germany. Ewa accompanies the volunteers on a daily basis. Most especially,
she accompanies many women in situations of poverty and sometimes distress The
Team offers basic services such as clothing, showers, a place to rest, and
other basic necessities. Four afternoons a week, Ewa spends time in “Victoria
Square”, a place 10 minutes from the residence where many Afghan families gather.
The volunteers play games with the children, such as football. puzzles, and
Lego blocks. It is in Victoria Square that JRS takes on a human face in Athens.
These simple moments of communication (often non-verbal) with the women: mean a
lot to people whose adaptation to a completely new world is not easy.
Ewa has to use her psychotherapeutic training more intensely, as for example
with a mother and her two-year-old son who were brought to the JRS shelter. Ewa
immediately understood that this woman was in deep depression. Gradually, she
learned that she had seen the Taliban behead her husband, in front of her and
her daughter. She had fled with her baby, walking across Iran and eventually
arriving in Greece. Ewa helped her to regain strength, for herself and for her