Chios chronicle: Here’s how Europe welcomed a young Afghan man who fled the Taliban
By Conor Fortune, News Writer at Amnesty International
You can’t stop a ship dead in its tracks, but sometimes you can change its course.
And that’s what happened recently in the Aegean Sea in a new twist in the evolving refugee crisis my colleagues from Amnesty International and I were researching on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios.
On 5 April, we were on board a night-time ferry from Mytilene, Lesvos, to Chios, when we were informed that our destination had changed because of “the refugee situation”. Hundreds of refugees and migrants were camping out in the open on the main dock in Chios harbour.
Because our ferry – a towering mass of metal the length of two football pitches – posed a serious threat to them, we were diverted mid-voyage and docked at another port an hour’s drive away.
At the time, the island of Chios was hosting more than 1,600 refugees and migrants, with Lesvos hosting around twice that number. Some 1,200 were being held in prison-like conditions in VIAL, a closed detention centre built around an abandoned aluminium factory 5.5km inland on Chios. Several hundred more people were sleeping rough in the port after fleeing overnight clashes in the camp several days earlier.
complete article at HuffingtonPost please read as it is important we do not loose our humanity, after all we all love our children,would run to save their lives.They are us,no different,they cry,they care,they must be protected.