A woman walks with other migrants and refugees in the Greek island of Lesbos, one of the main points of entry for those seeking to get to Europe. Picture: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP
THE bodies of two more children have washed up on the Greek island of Kos in the latest tragic deaths in Europe’s migrant crisis.
On Sunday, the Greek Coast Guard said the decomposed body of a baby boy, believed to be between six and 12 months old was found on the beach of a hotel in Kos wearing green trousers and a white T-shirt. Authorities believe the child was part of a family trying to reach the island by boat.
Meanwhile the body of another child aged between three and five was also found, wearing blue trousers and a pink top.
The tragic discoveries echo the images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi and his brother Galip who were pictured dead on the beach last month in an image that galvanised public sentiment around the world.
Greece has been on the frontline of the crisis with 1743 refugees and migrants rescued over the weekend in 57 separate rescue operations by the Greek Coast Guard, who has the gruesome job of recovering bodies from the ocean.
It’s now feared things will only get worse as winter approaches and the weather deteriorates in the region.
Around 630,000 people have entered the European Union illegally so far this year, the head of the bloc’s border agency said in an interview with French media due to appear Monday.
Over 310,000 of the migrants have landed in Greece, according to UN refugee agency figures. Nearly 3000 others have died or disappeared during the crossing.
According to a Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung report on Sunday, the European Union and Turkey have agreed in principle to a plan of action to help ease the flow of migrants into the bloc.
Under the plan, Turkey would agree to stepped-up efforts to secure its frontier with the EU by taking part in joint patrols with the Greek coastguard in the eastern Aegean coordinated by EU border protection agency Frontex.