The Greek island of Lesvos is separated from Turkey by a relatively narrow strip of Aegean Sea. The crossing is 4.1 miles. You can stand on one shore and easily see the other country. Getting from here to there, though, can be fraught with danger.
This video documentary from the New York Times gives a good glimpse into what it’s like to be part of the Greek Coast Guard and what they face on a regular basis. Crossings have dropped in number since this documentary was made, but the crossings are still just as treacherous.
I’ll warn you, it’s hard to watch. I saw it for the first time sitting on the island of Lesvos a couple of weeks ago and bawled like a baby. There is so much that needs to be done, so much help that can be given. I’m just honored I could play a small part in alleviating some suffering.
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