Syrian Refugees in Greece
As the civil war in Syria gets worse day by day, the number of refugees is constantly increasing. Greece is the entrance point for Syrian refugees who try to reach Europe. Now days 80% of the refugees coming in Greece is from Syria..
Unfortunately, many of them never complete their trip. They drown in the Mediterranean sea.
On September 2014 a small boat with 50 Syrian refugees crossed the sea borders between Turkey and Greece. It was around five a.m. when the Greek Coast Guard identified through their monitors the small boat floating towards Chios, a small island in the Aegean. It was easy to understand that the man in charge of the boat had no experience. At some point he took a dangerous twist trying to be directed towards an uninhabited island where only a Greek military outpost is based. The passengers were very scared and they refused the help of the Greek Coast Guard. They didn't know where exactly they were. When the boat approached the Coast Guard ship the refugees screamed. One of them held up a 4-month-old baby, asking the officers to not hurt their boat. Despite the attempts of the Greek Coast Guard officers the small boat reached the uninhibited island. Its passengers disappeared in the morning fog.
I went after them, following the Greek officers. After long negotiations the refugees understood that this deserted place had no food or water to offer them. I followed them back to the Coast Guard ship and documented their first days in Chios.