PNWU Student Sienna Laughton to Speak on European Refugee Crisis at The Season Performance Hall

“It was exhausting being at the camp every day — so much chaos, and so much tension — because there were so many people living in such close quarters. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I had to spend time there. These people are just like us — they just want a safe place to live for themselves and their families. I will never forget how lucky I am to have been born in a place that is safe for me to live and that gives me access to a passport that I can use to travel to most countries in the world." 

Tonight at 6:30, inside The Seasons Performance Hall in Downtown Yakima, PNWU OMS II Sienna Laughton will share the harrowing tale of her time volunteering at a refugee camp in Greece. Laughton spent two weeks volunteering at a refugee camp on the island of Chios after hearing about the refugee crisis in Europe.  

“I wanted to volunteer with refugees this summer because I had heard about the refugee crisis in Europe,” said Laughton. “I didn't know anyone who had been there, but I wanted to go to one of the camps to see firsthand what was going on and be able to come back to share with my friends and family here in the states.”

Laughton’s friend Laura Armstrong approached her about tonight’s event, which is being called “The Journey,” and Laughton recognized it as a great opportunity to spread the word about what she did over the summer. “I hope my talk helps people have a more of a personal connection to the thousands of people who are leaving their home countries in search of a safe place to live,” Laughton explained.