Letters from Lockdown – Philippines, Greece, Michigan, Libya

May 13, 2020

Some stories that seem the furthest away hit closest to home. Team Snap presents more lockdown advice from around the world, even from the places you least expect. Listen to the fifth installment of “Letters from Lockdown.”


Father Picx is a Catholic priest from the Philippines. Every year he spends months alone in his hermitage, but his first experience with real solitude wasn’t on a retreat… it happened in a place called the Dragon Room.


Noah and Freya met in a refugee camp in Greece. But after they fell in love, and wanted to start a new life together, they found it wasn’t quite so easy to leave.

Watch Noah recite his poem + learn about Freya’s business.


Alison wanted to take a nice long soak and found herself trapped for days.

Special thanks to Juuni in Michigan for helping us out during the pandemic.


Rafram is a visual artist who grew up in Jerusalem and traveled to Libya 10 years ago to photograph synagogues and Jewish graveyards. Rafram says he was granted permission from the Libyan government and police, but on the last day of his visit… Rafram was kidnapped.

These days, Rafram lives in Tunis, and usually posts pictures of his culinary adventures on Instagram. But he’s currently on a social media break for 170 days, to mark 10 years since he spent 170 days in prison.

“Freedom is priceless, and real freedom is happening inside us,” he wrote in his last post.

Thank you, Father Picx, Noah, Freya, Alison, and Rafram, for sharing your stories with us!

Produced by Shaina Shealy, Naomi Zeveloff, Liz Mak, Anna Sussman, and John Fecile

Music by Renzo Gorrio, additional production by Pat Mesiti-Miller

Artwork by Sanaa Khan

Digital Producer: Marisa Dodge

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Original Score: 

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