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Mobile Library

Mobile Library

Jack Stafford

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Our story starts at the Macedonian border

Two volunteers, Ester and Laura

There's a refugee camp here

And in the toxic atmosphere

Their degrees in development

Didn't seem relevant

The borders closed and no one knows

People got no place to go so

They get no relocation

Got no motivation

No access to books or communication

What could make them smile?

Mobile library

Breaking through bureaucratic Bullshit

Mobile library

Just solo and independent

Fundraising got the girls a mini-van

Turned into a library with a handyman

Kitted it with Wifi and tables and chairs

Donations arrived from Dubai

Supplies from Saudi Arabia

Soon they had books in Farcy

French and Arabic

Urdu, English, Kurdish and Greek

Harry Potter helped Akmed disappear

Ali escaped with Agatha Christie

Malcolm Gladwell showed Hussan

How Little Things Can Make a Difference

Mohammed was rejected, just sat in his chair

Until he read Slumdog Millionaire

And when the snow was falling

The tents were freezing

Dan Brown, kept people warm

While Callon from Camaroon

Who'd come on foot to get there

Walked to Freedom with Nelson Mandela

It was a simple idea that people will never forget

Access to books and the internet

The van keeps moving they can't settle down

They have to park outside the camps

Stopped by police, for disturbing the peace

There are no happy endings in the story of Greece

Mobile library

Breaking through bureaucratic Bullshit

Mobile library

Just solo and independent

Only the cream of Syrian society

Could afford the fee of being refugees

Now doctors, pharmacists and lawyers

Counting their cents

Living in tents

While smuggler's kids get their homes as presents

But there's more irony when they land on the beach

€20,000 euros waiting for each

Not that it's ever really meant for them

It's there to pay for the entire system

And it's the new Greek graduates

Who getting the rest of the revenue

Getting their breakthrough

With the EU

You don't hear anymore about the Greek crisis

It was solved by Assad and Isis

While the UN guys

Rent top of the range, four wheel drives

And who knows where the money for the NGOs goes!?

Mobile library

Breaking through bureaucratic Bullshit

Mobile library

Just solo and independent

Mobile library

Bordered bodies but minds free

Mobile sanctuary

Taking literature, literally

Mobile missionary

Independent, voluntary

Mobile emissary

Giving back, dignity

For every mood