Greece (Mission Network News) — Christian Aid Mission reports that while the European Union reached an agreement with Turkey this week to stem the tide of Syrian and other refugees to Greece and other EU countries, refugees continued to pour onto the Greek islands–or die trying.
At least 25 refugees perished when their Greece-bound dinghy sank in rough seas off the coast of Turkey on Sunday (March 6), while indigenous ministry workers in Athens reported thousands of refugees spilling into the Port of Piraeus and five other “hot spots.” Refugees set up makeshift colonies in the coastal town of Thessaloniki and inland in Eidomeni, on the border with Macedonia, where aid organizations feared a humanitarian disaster loomed.
“After finishing our church service, we got two volunteers to visit and explore what happens at the Piraeus port,” the co-director of the ministry said. “All the blanket supplies we had with us disappeared in one minute. The volunteers looked at my husband and me and said, ‘We need thousands.’”