The New York Times picture of the day is Mrs Eleni Katakouzinou, mourning over a pile of lifejackets.
We interviewed Mrs Eleni while filming “No Way Back: Island of Refuge” in Lesbos. Mrs Eleni and her sister, Mrs Maritsa, were the daughters of refugees. Their Greek parents escaped the Turkish massacre of 1922 and sought refuge on the island of Lesbos. Mrs Eleni told us:
“Our father was hiding in a warehouse with others. There was no way out. …
Two young Turkish officers came in and one said to the other: ‘What do you say, shall we butcher them?’
And the other one said, ‘I can’t take it any more’. And my father thanked the Virgin Mary because he escaped.”
Her parent’s journey to Lesbos wasn’t easy, said Mrs Eleni. “Our parents came to the island with no clothes on their backs, barefoot.”
Mrs Eleni and her sister wished nothing more for the refugees than a safe future.
“When the boats come, we remember our mum and dad, what they suffered.”
“Why should we not feel for them?” Mrs Maritsa wondered. “They have done nothing wrong. When they come out of the boats, they kiss you and hug you. And in my mind I think, will you at least have luck where you go?”
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