Another Refugee tragedy off the Farmakonisi coast
Yesterday, 09/13/2015, another shipwreck off the coast of Farmakonisi was made public, where at least 34 persons lost their lives, among them, infants, children and women. According to the Port Authority, the investigations are not yet completed and the incident ‘causes remain unclear. The difficult conditions have been exacerbated by the weather, prevailing strong winds.
The numbers of people losing their lives and families that are dismantled so tragically is now appalling. Unfortunately, under these conditions, the numbers of such tragedies are much more than those we are aware of. Until a safe route and journey are ensured for the people trying to survive wars, the responsibilities will be heavier. Above all, the causes that create refugee flows are far from being over, as a consequence we will witness more inhumane shipwrecks, deaths and tragedies, especially with the winter coming, the weather will intensify the problem. Yesterday refugees’ and migrants’ communities marched to the offices of the European Commission, demanding assumption of responsibility. We are particularly concerned about the policy of closing borders that seem to be applied in Germany, Hungary and beyond.
We call today the EU, where an extraordinary meeting of the Interior Ministers of the EU state members is being hold in Brussels, to contribute to the final settlement of the refugee crisis, as well as contributing in a process to end wars.