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Cyprus' Sister Island - Greek Heroics on Rhodes

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:48 am

So, Katie Hopkins, doyen of middle-class, over-privileged British mums, calls migrants 'cockroaches' and 'vermin' that should be shot on sight? :roll:

Disgusting, barbarian views!

- Learn something from the Greeks, please. Humanity and heroism ...

Migrant boat crisis: the story of the Greek hero on the beach

One compelling image has come to represent all the Greek people who treated desperate migrants like fellow human beings
Boat migrant being rescued

Antonis Deligiorgis saving Wegasi Nebiat: ‘I was having trouble lifting her out of the sea, then instinctively, I put her over my shoulder.’


It was an image that came to symbolise desperation and valour: the desperation of those who will take on the sea – and the men who ferry human cargo across it – to flee the ills that cannot keep them in their own countries. And the valour of those on Europe’s southern shores who rush to save them when tragedy strikes.


The boat disintegrated in a matter of minutes. It was as if it was made of paper

Within seconds the rickety boat packed with Syrians and Eritreans was listing. The odyssey that had originated six hours earlier at the Turkish port of Marmaris :roll: – where thousands of Europe-bound migrants are now said to be amassed – was about to end in the strong currents off Zefyros Beach.



Deligiorgis brought 20 of the 93 migrants to shore singlehandedly. “At first I wore my shoes but soon had to take them off,” he said, speaking by telephone from Rhodes. “The water was full of oil from the boat and was very bitter and the rocks were slippery and very sharp. I cut myself quite badly on my hands and feet, but all I could think of was saving those poor people.”

In the chaos of the rescue, the 34-year-old cannot remember if he saved three or four men, or three or four children, or five or six women: “What I do remember was seeing a man who was around 40 die. He was flailing about, he couldn’t breathe, he was choking, and though I tried was impossible to reach. Anyone who could was hanging on to the wreckage.”

I’ve never seen anything like it, the terror that can haunt a human’s eyes.

Deligiorgis says he was helped by the survival skills and techniques learned in the army: “But the waves were so big, so relentless. They kept coming and coming.” He had been in the water for about 20 minutes when he saw Nebiat gripping the buoy. “She was having great problems breathing,” he said. “There were some guys from the coastguard around me who had jumped in with all their clothes on. I was having trouble lifting her out of the sea. They helped and then, instinctively, I put her over my shoulder.”

On Friday it emerged that he had also rescued a woman who gave birth to a healthy baby boy in Rhodes general hospital. In a sign of her gratitude, the Eritrean, who did not want to be identified, told nurses she would name her son after him. While Deligiorgis’s heroism has raised the spirits of a nation grappling with its worst economic crisis in modern times, he is far from alone. All week there have been stories of acts of kindness, great and small, by islanders who rushed to help the emigrés. One woman stripped her own child to swaddle a Syrian baby, hundreds rushed to donate food and clothes.

“They are souls, like us,” said Babis Manias, a fisherman, breaking down as he recalled saving a child.


Forget the ‘war on smuggling’, we need to be helping refugees in need


Deligiorgis falls silent at the mention of heroism. There was nothing brave, he says, about fulfilling his duty “as a human, as a man”. But recounting the moment he plucked the Eritrean from the sea, he admits the memory will linger. “I will never forget her face,” he says. “Ever.”


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/a ... heir-lives
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Postby Paphitis » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:45 pm

Let's hope Wevasi doesn't go to Athens and encounter some real racism from the likes of Golden Dawn.

My advice is for him to use Greece as a staging post in order to get to the UK!

At least UKIP don't have any vigilante groups.
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Postby repulsewarrior » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:28 pm

...as i've said many times before, there is a big difference between "Greeks", and Greeks.
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Postby GreekIslandGirl » Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:19 am

The embarrassment to humanity known as Cameron hides behind his 'bunch of bankers' to throw insults at migrants!

Meanwhile, the gold-hearted Greeks, who risked their lives to help those people cast into danger by grabby Turkey as it pockets EU money, are being recognised for their bravery. :)


Greek islanders to be nominated for Nobel peace prize

International group of academics to propose those on frontline of refugee crisis be commended for their ‘empathy and self-sacrifice’

The islanders, including fishermen who gave up their work to rescue people from the sea, are in line to be honoured with one of the world’s most esteemed awards. Eminent academics from the universities of Oxford, Princeton, Harvard, Cornell and Copenhagen are drafting a submission in favour of awarding the prize to the people of Lesbos, Kos, Chíos, Samos, Rhodes and Leros.



http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/j ... eace-prize

The Nobel Peace Prize would be resurrected as noble once again if indeed it was given to the self-sacrificing sons of Homer! :)
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Postby boomerang » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:37 am

Cyprus' Sister Island... :lol:
happy new year and best wishes S...
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Postby erolz66 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:26 am

In other news

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/j ... commission

The European commission said on Wednesday that Athens was failing to observe its obligations under the rules governing Europe’s 26-country passport-free travel area, known as Schengen.

EU governments made clear on Monday that there would need to be unprecedented action against Greece if it failed to start playing by the Schengen rules. Wednesday’s warning from the commission confirmed that. Dombrovskis said that a secret EU mission to Greece in November had concluded that Athens was avoiding the Schengen rules on several fronts.

“There is no effective identification and registration of irregular migrants,” said Dombrovskis. “Fingerprints are not being entered systematically into the system, travel documents are not being systematically checked for authenticity or against crucial security databases.”
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Postby GreekIslandGirl » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:52 am

erolz66 wrote:In other news

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/j ... commission

The European commission said on Wednesday that Athens was failing to observe its obligations under the rules governing Europe’s 26-country passport-free travel area, known as Schengen.

EU governments made clear on Monday that there would need to be unprecedented action against Greece if it failed to start playing by the Schengen rules. Wednesday’s warning from the commission confirmed that. Dombrovskis said that a secret EU mission to Greece in November had concluded that Athens was avoiding the Schengen rules on several fronts.

“There is no effective identification and registration of irregular migrants,” said Dombrovskis. “Fingerprints are not being entered systematically into the system, travel documents are not being systematically checked for authenticity or against crucial security databases.”


Naive human-hating fool. This is the tool to backtrack on Turkey's demands for Schengen inclusion.

The root of the plight of refugees is TURKEY!

Overall, Turkey must be behind some of the biggest ethnic cleansing, mass murderous migrations and usurping of peoples ever experienced in human history.
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Postby erolz66 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:39 am

GreekIslandGirl wrote:
The root of the plight of refugees is TURKEY!

Overall, Turkey must be behind some of the biggest ethnic cleansing, mass murderous migrations and usurping of peoples ever experienced in human history.


And yet the EU Commission is criticising and threatening sanctions against Greece.
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Postby GreekIslandGirl » Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:16 pm

erolz66 wrote:
GreekIslandGirl wrote:
The root of the plight of refugees is TURKEY!

Overall, Turkey must be behind some of the biggest ethnic cleansing, mass murderous migrations and usurping of peoples ever experienced in human history.


And yet the EU Commission is criticising and threatening sanctions against Greece.


When exactly did the EU commission threaten Greece with sanctions? What a joke. For sure, the likes of one or two odd Belgian ministers are pissed off at Greece's good relations with Russia and need to make some noise, but only expansionist Turks like you could wish Greece harm.
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Postby erolz66 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:56 pm

GreekIslandGirl wrote: When exactly did the EU commission threaten Greece with sanctions?


Yesterday, Wednesday 27th Jan 2016

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-174_en.htm

The report shows that there are serious deficiencies in the management of the external border in Greece. We know that in the meantime Greece has started undertaking efforts towards rectifying and complying with the Schengen rules. Substantial improvements are needed to ensure the proper reception, registration, relocation or return of migrants in order to bring Schengen functioning back to normal, without internal border controls. This is our ultimate common goal.


Where, after three months, serious deficiencies persist and the measures taken have not proved sufficient to ensure the adequate remedy of these deficiencies, the Commission may trigger the application of the procedure provided for in Article 26 of the Schengen Borders Code.


This has been widely reported under headlines like "Greece given three months to avoid Schengen suspension"

GreekIslandGirl wrote:....but only expansionist Turks like you could wish Greece harm.


I do not wish Greece harm. What I despise is the way you systematically butcher actual factual reality to suit your agenda.

And for the umpteenth time I am not Turkish, never have been. I am Cypriot and defined as such by the laws and constitution of the Republic of Cyprus.
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