Pushback Nr. 460

4 of June at 02.00 a boat carrying 44 people, many of them very small children, started out from Sazli, Turkey, heading towards Lesvos north. The trip lasted for five hours, people onboard was afraid that the Greek coast guard would find them at sea and push them back, especially after first light, but luckilyContinue reading “Pushback Nr. 460”

Fifty-three more men, women and children have been lied to, beaten and expelled from Greece by uniformed police officers who told them they would be taken for COVID testing and quarantine.

At 9am on 26 April, a boat carrying 53 people landed on Agios Theodorous beach, east of Korakas, in north Lesvos. Thirty-five of the 53 travelling people were reported to be children. The group contacted Aegean Boat Report so their arrival could be documented. They reported no medical needs, and because of this and theContinue reading “Fifty-three more men, women and children have been lied to, beaten and expelled from Greece by uniformed police officers who told them they would be taken for COVID testing and quarantine.”

Pushbacks is no longer even the “new normal”: it is just “normal”

Fifty-one people on a boat north east of Korakas, Lesvos north were stopped by the Greek coastguard and towed from Greek waters on 14 April. Some of the people aboard called Aegean Boat Report at 7.30am. They were screaming on the phone, begging for help. The videos and pictures they sent us clearly showed thatContinue reading “Pushbacks is no longer even the “new normal”: it is just “normal””

Another Day, Another Pushback, It Never Ends..

In the early hours of Saturday 3 April, a rubber boat started out from Balabanli, Ayvacik, carrying 27 people, 11 children and 16 adults, destination Lesvos north. After several hours at sea in the dark, only 450 metres from land east of Megala Therma, Lesvos north, their engine started to malfunction, they contacted Aegean BoatContinue reading “Another Day, Another Pushback, It Never Ends..”

Over 200 People Pushed Back Outside Lesvos on April 2

Before first light on 2 April, Aegean Boat Reported was contacted by several people claiming to be in the need of rescue in different locations in the sea area around Lesvos. Some had been pushed back, engines removed from their vessels, drifting. One was being towed towards Turkish waters, and others were forced back overContinue reading “Over 200 People Pushed Back Outside Lesvos on April 2”

” I Felt like An Animal On The Way To Slaughter”

In the early hours of Tuesday, 30 March, 37 people started out from Ayvalik, Turkey, in a rubber boat and headed towards Lesvos north east. The wind and current in the area pushed them due south west. After two hours the boat’s engine stopped and they called for help, still in Turkish waters, drifting slowlyContinue reading “” I Felt like An Animal On The Way To Slaughter””