Immigrants From Farmakonisi Arrive in Piraeus


On Thursday at 10am in the morning, 16 survivors – most of them Afghans – of the wreck in Farmakonisi arrived at Piraeus port. While those people managed to survive, at least four others lost their lives while 10 more, including many children are missing.

During the past days, the migrants were hosted in Leros island. The competent prosecutor set them free after providing them with a temporary residence permit.

Migrants’ ferry tickets were covered by a NGO while members of the UN office in Greece welcomed them at their arrival in Piraeus.

Shortly after their arrival in Piraeus, the migrants spoke to journalists revealing the pain and agony they experienced, through their stories.

Two immigrants said that they lost their children and their spouses in wreck.

The Greek officers of the UN spoke to the immigrants and expressed their concern on the incident, while in a statement they called on the Greek authorities to investigate the circumstances under which the accident took place. They also seem to wonder how it’s possible that lives were lost in a vessel being towed.

According to immigrants’ allegations, the boat was headed toward the Turkish coast at high-speed, while people were screaming for help given the fact that a significant number of children were on the boat.

The headquarters of the Greek Port Authority in their report filed on the incident gave details which contradict the immigrants’ allegations.