R4R: What’s on your bucket list?
KM: Is the actualization of world peace a valid answer?
R4R: If you could invite anyone to a dinner party who would you invite?
KM: I’d love to have a conversation with Antonio Guterres, but no doubt he’d be pretty bored.
R4R: Have you met any refugee whose story stuck with you? And what was their story?
KM: One of my students was a child soldier in Karen state (in Myanmar). He defected and became a refugee in a camp in Thailand; a lot of my students come from the camps. He was fairly nonchalant (maybe even proud) of his past; nonetheless there was a lot of pain when he explained the ramifications of his actions on his family and loved ones. He described feeling as though he was selfish – how ridiculous! – and listening to his stories was really a defining moment for me.
R4R: Why have you been drawn towards the issue of migration?
KM: For one, I enjoy puzzles and challenges – and issues of migration are particularly complex, so working on such a multi-faceted puzzle can be satisfying. Pragmatic solutions can be hard to find and even harder to implement, so the fulfilling professional moments can be few and far between. From a more personal perspective, a strong belief in the universality of human rights is also fulfilling, and there’s a lot more satisfaction approaching the problem from a matter of principle, in that respect.
R4R: What would you like to achieve on Lesvos during your time with us?
KM: Honestly, my main goals are a) being useful, and b) learning more about the refugee community in Greece.