We live in a world with more than 65 million refugees. To me, this is a mindblowing number. But this seems to be it. A number?! In many ways – and many perceptions – refugees are an anonymous mass. A few million in this country, a couple thousand in another. Personal stories get lost and the narrative of a refugee is classified as a distant tale that passes by.
In May 2017, I received a small grant from California State University, Northridge’s Department of Journalism and the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication to produce a reporting documentary on the refugee crisis in Europe – particularly the refugee youth.
I started traveling to Greece and met refugees in a camp, illegal settlements, and some who were fully integrated into Greek society. I traveled the Balkan route, just like thousands of refugees in 2015 to reach central Europe. I volunteered in refugee camps in Germany and later in Calais, Northern France, where the infamous jungle used to be.
I realized how difficult it was to create a documentary on my own.
Cati Mayer, 26
Writer, traveler and tea lover
For more: www.catimayer.com
California State University, Northridge, CA
B.A. in Journalism, Public Relations,
Minor in Writing & Rhetoric
Research in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
A.A. in Mass Communications and Media Studies