Interfaith prayer held in Lesvos in memory of drowned refugees

5 November 2015
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An interfaith prayer in memory of the hundreds of refugees and migrants who have perished in the Aegean trying to cross from Turkey to Greece was held on Wednesday in the village of Epano Skala on the island of Lesvos, as part of the three days of mourning called by the municipality.

The prayer was conducted by the Orthodox Metropolitans of Lesvos and Mythimnis, Iakovos and Chrystostomos, and Muslim religious functionaries and was attended by the island mayor Spyros Galinos, representatives of local authorities, volunteers and members of NGOs operating on the island and many islanders who said they wanted to alert the international community to find a solution to the continuing humanitarian crisis.

“With this highly symbolic gesture, we want to show around the world that, irrespective of religion and origin, we all stand united against the criminals who send mothers and young children to their death on a daily basis,” the municipality of Lesvos said in a press release.

“We join forces in a silent protest rally against the modern slave traders – criminals and in favour of intervention to curb their murderous actions,” it added.

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