The terrorists have created chaos, fear, incredible pain, and destruction on lives among ordinary people who were having fun as is common in the beginning of the occidental weekend. A concert, a dinner, a football match have become scenes of panic and death. The terrorists want to disrupt the normal way of life in Occident and spread fear among the people.
The first advice I got when I arrived was: don’t step on the dirt, only the asphalt or the concrete. the place had been sown with landmines and nobody on my side of the city had the map of where those lethal devices were placed. Take a shortcut to go from one place to another was a creepy risk. Today thousands of refugees risk their lives fleeing from the war in Syria, crossing the Mediterranean, trying to reach Germany.
Despite dangerous sea conditions, the United Nations refugee agency today reported that the number of refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos continues to be high, at an average of 3,300 people per day so far in November.
We are witnessing one of the worst tragedies of the Mediterranean these days, with the massive deaths of immigrants trying to gain the shores of Europe from North Africa, and the massive arrivals of illegal immigrants in old boats shipped by human traffickers who are making a lot of money and have a safe haven in Libya.
March marks the fourth anniversary of the uprising against Syrian president Bashar Al Assad which originated the ongoing war. According to the UN, since then, at least 220,000 people have died, 4 million people have fled to neighbouring countries and are refugees and there are 7.6 million internal displaced people. In addition, 12.2 million people continue to need life saving aid. And the fighting continues, every day more complicated with multiple sides and no end in sight.