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30 October, 2015

The endless humanitarian disaster in the Mediterranean sea grave

Journeys of death for thousands of desperate people, situation beyond critical

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Another ten refugees, including five children, were found dead on Thursday in the sea area north of Lesvos. A little girl, one year old, was hospitalized in intensive and died on Thursday night. It is still unclear the number of people missing since the shipwreck on Wednesday. Some sources speak for more than thirty people.

The total number of victims of the shipwrecks in October 28th in Lesbos, Samos and Agathonisi is eighteen, of which twelve are children. The lurid list is constantly growing, while the images of children who are struggling to stay alive haunt the divided Europe, which still discuss the quotas of the number of refugees for each country.

On Wednesday, the Greek coast guard managed to rescue more than 240 refugees from the shipwreck off coast Molyvos, Lesvos. The authorities identified two children who were unconscious and transported in critical condition to the hospital. The boy, aged six years, died immediately, while the girl, one year old, ultimately died on Thursday night, although doctors were able initially to keep her alive .

Another two children and a man were lost in a shipwreck at the Gatos headland in Samos. An infant still missing. A five year old girl found dead in Karlovasi, Samos. Two more men missing. In Agathonisi, two children and one woman died, while a child still missing.

In 48 hours, from Tuesday morning to Thursday morning, a total 925 refugees have been rescued in 20 separate incidents in Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Kos. More than 5,000 immigrants and refugees arrived in Mytilene in the last 24 hours, despite the adverse weather, while executives of the recording and certification center estimate that this figure may even reach 6,000. Sources from the police station on the island say that in the port of Mytilene remain 8,763 people who are expected to leave in the coming hours to Piraeus and Kavala.

The shocking pictures from Lesbos, are indicative of the drama that shakes the region with unprecedented refugee crisis, stated Greek government officials. They stressed that the Greek government continuously taking steps for the hospitality of these people, identification and their relocation. They also said that this struggle is also a struggle for the highlighting of the humanitarian face of Europe.

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Meanwhile, according to the UN refugee agency, refugee and migrant arrivals in Greece are expected to hit the 400,000 mark soon, despite adverse weather conditions. Greece remains by far the largest single entry point for new sea arrivals in the Mediterranean, followed by Italy with 131,000 arrivals so far in 2015.

With the new figures from Greece, the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean this year is nearly 530,000. In September, 168,000 people crossed the Mediterranean, the highest monthly figure ever recorded and almost five times the number in September 2014.

http://www.unhcr.org/560e63626.html

Update: 

Two more shipwrecks occurred at dawn today in the Dodecanese. Eighteen dead already, including at least nine children.

In the sea area between Kalolimnos and Kalymnos, coast guard pulled 14 bodies and rescued 138 people. Research is ongoing for missing persons, the exact number of them has not been identified.

At the same time, in the sea area north of the port of Rhodes, a coast guard vessel has collected six refugees and three dead, three others missing. Today's incidents come as a continuation of shipwrecks that occurred off Lesvos.

Children unconscious in the arms of their parents fought to stay alive. Eleven people lost their lives, among them four children. 242 people were rescued and 40 still missing.

http://tvxs.gr/news/ellada/nea-polynekra-nayagia-prosfygon-se-kalymno-kai-rodo

1 comment:

  1. How can anyone possibly spend time worrying over the fate of thousands of refugees when the fate of the entire world hinges on what we're going to do about climate change. The lives of a few thousand innocent men, women and children matter not in the face of this looming disaster that our grandchildren will be forced to deal with in 100 years or so, when we'll probably all be under water anyhow, no matter what we do.

    All the time and money being wasted over these people who are probably all terrorists anyhow could be spent on closing down oil wells, junking gas guzzling cars, and seeding the atmosphere with CO2 killing chemicals. After all, what does it matter if the children of worthless Moslems die tomorrow, so long as we can buy our unborn grandchildren an extra month or so of respite from this looming catastrophe.

    Doesn't anyone see the irony here?

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