Over 1,000 refugees reach Greece as crisis continues

Some 1,238 refugees, including many children arrive at Greece's main port of Piraeus from Middle East to seek new life in Europe

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Rescue boat carries refugees from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos, Dec. 25, 2015.

Over 1,000 refugees have reached Greece’s port of Piraeus on Wednesday, in a rush to beat the onset of freezing weather conditions.   

According to the non-profit organisation, Doctors Without Borders -which has been helping refugees to land on Greek islands- 31 percent of refugees who have entered Europe in 2016 are children and approximately 5,700 children have crossed the Aegean Sea in 12 days by the use of overcrowded boats.

More than one million refugees braved the seas in 2015 seeking sanctuary in Europe, nearly five times more than in the previous year, according to the United Nations' refugee agency, with most entering through Greece.

"I leave my home, my country [because] there was violence, my security was no good, it not was safe," said Idris, 18, who came from Afghanistan three months ago, he wants to study in Germany.

Dunya, a 27-year-old and her young cousins also arrived in Germany from Aleppo, Syria due to war, and waited for her relatives to make it into Europe first.

"I go Germany, my family in Germany," said Dunya.

A record number of people fled their homes in 2015, with more than 60 million people uprooted by wars, conflict and persecution in countries ranging from Syria to South Sudan and Afghanistan, according to the United Nations.

TRTWorld, Reuters