~~January 5, 2016~~
MESSAGE OF PEACE
There is really no need for words.
The mere number of discarded life vests show the perspective of the humanitarian crisis which is occurring in the Mediterranean Sea.
Each and every one of those vests represents one life.
On human being fleeing from the conditions of their life as they knew it.
Can we heed the message of peace? Can these senseless wars cease? Can this massive displacement of people stop?
Refugees’ life jackets are transformed into message of peace on the Greek island of Lesbos
A bright orange peace sign appeared on a hillside on the Greek island of Lesbos on New Year’s Day, transforming a growing pile of life jackets discarded by refugees arriving on the island into a message to the world.
Dozens of Greenpeace and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) volunteers and local supporters teamed up to create the massive peace sign Friday, January 1, 2016, on a hillside overlooking the small strait between Greece and Turkey that has become a main passageway for those fleeing to Europe.
Made up of more than 3,000 life jackets and built by dozens of volunteers, the sign is a way to honor those who have made the journey and to urge peace in the new year, according to Greenpeace.
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Those involved in the project are calling for safe passage to those fleeing war, poverty and oppression.
Thousands of people arrive on the island of Lesbos daily, packed into flimsy rubber dinghies and wooden fishing boats. Most are refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa.
More than 1 million migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in the past 12 months. Another 3,700 people perished in the sea last year while attempting the crossing.
In October and November, so many bodies had washed up on Lesbos that the local morgue ran out of space to house the dead. Tragic scenes played out weekly as ad hoc rescue efforts led by local and international volunteers were unable to deal with the sheer scale of new arrivals.
The life jackets have been slowly piling up in a dump on the island, near the town of Molyvos.
As those who do manage to make it to shore quickly move further on into Europe, their life jackets stay behind as a growing reminder of the movement of people through the area, as well as the lives that have been lost.
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~3,000 Syrian Refugees Life Vests~
~Published on Jan 3, 2016~
Over 100 volunteers from Greenpeace, MSF, and other organizations just kicked off 2016 with more compassion and grace than ever.
Designed to be a message of hope, 3,000 abandoned life jackets were arranged in the shape of a peace sign on the Greek island Lesbos where thousands of refugees arrived in 2015 seeking solace.
We ALL are connected through HUMANITY!!
~Large Peace Sign Made Of Thousands Of Refugees’ Life Jackets~
`Published on Jan 5, 2016~
Thousands of lifejackets left behind by refugees on the Greek coast were used to create a large peace sign.
We ALL are ONE!!