Saturday, November 16, 2013

Another tragedy: 12 refugees leading to death

On 15 November, a boat carrying 31 asylum seekers from Syria and Palestine capsized
between the Ionian island of Lefkada and the western coasts of mainland Greece, leading to the death 12 of them including four small children. These asylum seekers were attempting to leave Greece for Italy.

The Greek Forum of Refugees expresses deep sorrow and concern for the ongoing loss of life in and out of European Union border. 

We believe that, until the European Union hesitates to create a just and common functional and effective asylum system observing the fundamental rights of human being, we will be the witnesses of such fatal incidents which cost so many lives.Responsible for these tragedies are European Authorities themselves.

Also three more people are still missing while fifteen have been rescued so far and have been transferred to hospitals on Lefkadaisland and the mainland city of Preveza.

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