Refugee crisis: Sea Cemetery pays poignant tribute to the Syrians who drowned trying to reach Europe

A floating cemetery has been created in memory of thousands of Syrian refugees that have drowned on their perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea

Ryan Ramgobin
Monday 23 May 2016 11:57
Sea Cemetery pays poignant tribute to the Syrians who drowned trying to reach Europe

The conflict in Syria has displaced millions of people, creating the largest refugee crisis to grip Europe since World War II.

In an increasingly desperate situation, the final option has become to cross the Mediterranean Sea by any means necessary. This dangerous route has seen over 4,000 Syrian refugees, including many children, lose their lives at sea.

Many cannot be identified nor found and in tribute to these people, aid agency Support to Life has collaborated on a campaign called The Sea Cemetery – a floating memorial to those who died at sea.

In their campaign announcement, they said: “The more people respond to our campaign, the less this sea cemetery will grow. And, even if it's just a drop in the ocean, it's a support to life.”

Worldwide, the number of internally displaced refugees now stands at a record 40.8m people - a combined population of New York City, London, Paris and Cairo.

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