Refugee bodies wash up on Lesbos including children after drowning off Greece

Agony in the Aegean: Bodies of children wash up on Lesbos beach in shocking scenes after 22 refugees drown off the coast in yet another humanitarian tragedy

A toddler migrant is plucked from the water by a volunteer lifeguard after a boat carrying around 150 refugees started to sink in the Aegean sea

A toddler migrant is plucked from the water by a volunteer lifeguard after a boat carrying around 150 refugees started to sink in the Aegean sea

Human tragedy: The body of a child lies on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, after 22 people - including nine children and four babies - drowned when their boat sank during the perilous crossing

Human tragedy: The body of a child lies on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, after 22 people – including nine children and four babies – drowned when their boat sank during the perilous crossing

Saviour: A lifeguard rescues a child as a boat with refugees and migrants sunk, while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos

Saviour: A lifeguard rescues a child as a boat with refugees and migrants sunk, while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos

Horrific: Most of the migrant vessels making the dangerous journey are in bad condition and are heavily overcrowded

Horrific: Most of the migrant vessels making the dangerous journey are in bad condition and are heavily overcrowded

Despair: One man struggles to stay on board the boat as the rough seas force the passengers to take evasive action

Despair: One man struggles to stay on board the boat as the rough seas force the passengers to take evasive action

Hanging in there: One desperate refugee woman hangs on a rope having escaped the half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees

Hanging in there: One desperate refugee woman hangs on a rope having escaped the half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees

Sorrow: One young boy screams and cries in terror as the boat wildly rocks in the strong currents off the coast of Lesbos

Sorrow: One young boy screams and cries in terror as the boat wildly rocks in the strong currents off the coast of Lesbos

Too young: The body of a young boy, who drowned while making the perilous crossing from Turkey, lies on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was one of the worst accidents in Greek waters since the mass migrant flows started after the war in Syria

Too young: The body of a young boy, who drowned while making the perilous crossing from Turkey, lies on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was one of the worst accidents in Greek waters since the mass migrant flows started after the war in Syria

Sinking ship: An overcrowded refugee boat begins to sink off the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey

Sinking ship: An overcrowded refugee boat begins to sink off the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey

Refugee crisis: Story of two Syrian men who died trying to swim to England

A year ago, two Syrian refugees bought identical wetsuits from a Calais shop, walked to the beach and disappeared.

When their remains were washed up 500 miles apart, police in the Netherlands and Norway were at a loss to identify them.

No missing persons’ reports had been filed, they had no police records, their DNA was not on file. As Anders Fjellberg put it, they were an “invisible life heading for a nameless grave”.

 

The reporter, from Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, worked with photographer Tomm Christiansen to… more

Syrian refugees are traveling across the Arctic Circle to Europe

A family of Syrian refugees at the Polar Light Hotel in Nikel, Russia. October 2015. (Alessandro Iovino)

A family of Syrian refugees at the Polar Light Hotel in Nikel, Russia. October 2015. (Alessandro Iovino)

There’s a new way into Europe. Under mounting pressure at home, faced with likely tragedy on the Mediterranean, and turned away by border police in eastern Europe, some Syrians are forging an unlikely path across the Arctic Circle.
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Syrian refugees are traveling across the Arctic Circle to Europe

Screenshot of the route Syrian refugees are taking to Europe.