Greek Authorities’ Struggle to Identify Dead Evros Migrants



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The worsening humanitarian situation on Greece’s land border with Turkey, is drawing international media attention.

As the local authorities also face the challenge of identifying the bodies they recover from the frontier river, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has already called on the Greek government to urgently improve conditions and expand reception capacity in the north east.

This follows a recent rise in arrivals in the Evros area across the land border with Turkey.

In one report, Britain’s BBC investigates how people fleeing from Iraq and Syria as well as other countries like Iran and Afghanistan, put themselves at risk while trying to cross the dangerous waters of the Evros.

The BBC dispatch covers the work of local people like Professor Pavlos Pavlidis of the Alexandroupoli State Hospital. A forensic surgeon, he has built up a huge database of photos, personal items and DNA samples taken from unidentified people who have perished while crossing into Greece.

Sometimes, his work allows for a victim to be identified: “It gives an answer, even if it is a sad answer,” he says.

Watch the full report below: