A DANGEROUS CROSSING
This year, more than 352,000 people have climbed into inflatable dinghies and unseaworthy boats in a desperate attempt to reach Europe. A quarter of them are from Syria, where civil war has forced more than half of the country’s population from their homes, including more than 4.8 million people into neighboring countries.
Among those who attempted the dangerous sea crossing, more than 4,700 people, many of them children, have died are gone missing. All of this follows a year in which more than one million refugees and migrants made the same journey through Europe seeking asylum. However, the closure of European borders has left many stranded in Italy and Greece. International Medical Corps is working in Greece to provide reproductive health care, clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as gender-based violence services to refugees living in camps in Athens and northern Greece.