Greece: Immigrants Oddyssey by Giorgos Moutafis

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Greece/ Agathonisi / April 21/2009.24 bedraggled immigrants on Neronissi a rocky islet near Agathonisi island, waiting for the local fishermen to help them.Agathonissi is a tiny greek island in Aegean Sea, 9 miles far from the turkish coasts. During nights, smugglers abandon immigrants on the near rocky islets, who wait the day light and the local fishermen to save them and transport them to the island. The Greek-Turkish (sea and land) borders are of particular interest as they constitute, today, the main entry route to southeast Europe for thousands aliens. Groups of bedraggled men, women and children from as far away as Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia and various countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa arrive daily with the hope to find a better future. Hundrends have drowned in the Aegean Sea, that has come to be characterized as an aquatic grave for immigrants. Giorgos Moutafis