One compelling image has come to represent all the Greek people who treated desperate migrants like fellow human beings
It was an image that came to symbolise desperation and valour: the desperation of those who will take on the sea – and the men who ferry human cargo across it – to flee the ills that cannot keep them in their own countries. And the valour of those on Europe’s southern shores who rush to save them when tragedy strikes.
Last week on the island of Rhodes, war, repression, dictatorship in distant Eritrea were far from the mind of army sergeant Antonis Deligiorgis. The world inhabited by Wegasi Nebiat, a 24-year-old Eritrean in the cabin of a yacht sailing towards the isle, was still far away.
The boat disintegrated in a matter of minutes. It was as if it was made of paper
I’ve never seen anything like it, the terror that can haunt a human’s eyes.
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By Helena Smith in Athens