How were the students at CIHEAM Chania (Greece) affected by the lockdown?
Immediate thoughts once the restriction of movement was enforced in Greece
MOHAMAD: I had just finished my studies and was ready to leave the institute. Then lockdown happened and I couldn't leave. So I couldn't go back home to see my family, and I could not make plans to go to Germany where I was accepted for PhD studies. In effect, my plans were ruined.
Living the lockdown in the Institute
MOHAMAD: Greece was very organised. I knew what the rules were. Even though I had finished my degree, I decided not to waste my time. I continued working in the lab, so I was still learning new things.
Being far from family and friends
MOHAMAD: Lebanon didn't have a lot of cases, so I was thankful for that, because I was very worried about my family. They were worried about me, but I explained to them that I felt safe here.
Plans for the future
MOHAMAD: I was mainly worried that I may not be able to continue my PhD studies. But now, I don't worry so much, because the whole world when into lockdown together, so this is no longer a problem. It will sort itself out slowly.
(...) I am grateful to have spent my time usefully here. But I really want to visit my family as soon as I can.
MOHAMAD: I will remember the gardens of CIHEAM Chania. I walked through all the paths, looking at nature more carefully. Above all, I will remember this moment as the time when I lived more slowly.