Greek Artist Paints Mural Dedicated to Victims of 2018 Fire

A touching tribute to the 102 victims of the 2018 fire in Mati, eastern Attica, where 102 people lost their lives has been created by a street artist who goes by the name of “Hambas” in nearby Rafina, Greece.

The mural, which appeared on a school wall recently, depicts a bright-eyed boy holding a branch with small red fruit in the shape of a heart. There are 102 fruits on the branch, representing each of the victims of the dreadful fires.

A series of wildfires in Greece during the European heat wave of summer, 2018, began in the coastal areas of Attica last July. As of May, 2019, 102 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the blazes. The fires were the second-deadliest such events so far in the 21st century, after the 2009 “Black Saturday” bushfires in Australia, which killed 180 people.