Following the overturning of a fishing boat in Greek waters, in which 400 immigrants were on board, the Greek government announced three days of public mourning throughout the country.
Based on a report from the Coast Guard and the Red Cross, out of the 400 passengers on this boat, which was sunk in Greek waters, only 104 survived and were rescued, which includes the injured ones as well. 79 bodies were also pulled out of the water, and the rest are still missing.
The capsize of this boat was followed by many reactions. The Secretary-General of the United Nations made a tweet regarding this matter, saying, “Every person who seeks a better life deserves safety and dignity.”
The spokesperson of the United Nations said about this incident that they were looking for a better life.
The temporary prime minister of Greece announced three days of public mourning, saying that smugglers take advantage of the immigrants situation and they become victims.
The International Organisation for Migration wrote in a tweet, “We need more safe routes for people who are forced to flee. They should not choose the impossible routes, which put their lives in danger.”
The Greek media reported that the passengers on this boat were immigrants from Libya on their way to Europe.