One man's garbage

Teen raises refugee awareness through art project made from discarded life jackets

Achilleas Souras shows his igloo-shaped installation made of life jackets left by refugees on Greek Island of Lesbos. Photo: Joel Henry

Achilleas Souras is no ordinary teen. At 16, the enthusiasm and passion with which he responded to the EU refugee crisis has resulted in him making an SOS installation from life vests discarded by refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos. The result has been a contraption, which resembles an igloo, built with the intention to address the problem of housing for not just refugees but also low-income earners.

Souras, whose mother is Thai-Austrian, resides with his family in Athens. He was recently in Bangkok where his 7m-tall installation was put on display at Paradise Park, courtesy of UNHCR Thailand.

The teen, whose maturity transcends his age, spoke philosophically of the way he viewed the used life vests, saying: "For me the jackets take on a very different meaning when I hold them in my hand, it goes beyond just being an object, it represents a human life, alive or dead."

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