Disbelief and anger among Greek shipwreck victims’ relatives as millions spent on Titan rescue effort

*First Published on The Guardian Disparity between rescue responses has sparked debate in Pakistan about double standards Anees Majeed, who lost five relatives in the boat that sank off Greece on 14 June, watched in disbelief and growing anger as a frantic, multimillion-dollar rescue effort played out for five other men lost at sea last week. Like thousands of…

A ship apart: The making of a wreck

*First Puplished on MadaMasr An Egyptian fishing trawler, navigated by inexperienced migrants departing from the shores of eastern Libya for a new life in Italy, got lost in the sea within a day of setting sail. A hundred people were on the deck. But the majority of the over 700 migrants were locked downstairs in the “fridge.”…

Grief shrouds remote Pakistan mountain village after Greece migrant boat tragedy

*First Published on CNN By Sophia Saifi, Immad Uddin and Rhea Mogul, CNN Bandali, Pakistan-administered KashmirCNN —  An air of melancholy engulfs the small village of Bandali in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, where hopes are fading fast for nearly two dozen residents who went abroad in search of a better life and have since disappeared. Families fight back tears as they yearn to hear what…

‘Hopelessness’: Why Pakistanis are leaving, losing lives at sea

Authorities in Pakistan say at least 124 Pakistanis were on a boat that sank off Greece with hundreds feared drowned. By Abid Hussain *First Published on Al Jazeera Islamabad, Pakistan – Two of Abid Kashmiri’s family members were on board the refugee-filled vessel that capsized off the coast of Greece last week. A cousin, Imran Nazir, and nephew, Abdul Islam, travelled…

Three more bodies found by authorities after Greek shipwreck

Men’s remains recovered in open water on sixth day of search since boat carrying up to 750 people sank *Originally Published on The Guardian Greek authorities have retrieved a further three bodies in open waters near the spot where a fishing trawler packed with Europe-bound migrants sank last week. The bodies – all men – were recovered…

Second Report: Cairo’s Response to the Disaster

*First Published on Refugees Platform in Egypt (RPE) The Refugees Platform in Egypt (RPE) is working on fact-checking information and reconstructing the story and events in the tragedy of the capsizing of a boat carrying migrants off the Greek coast. The RPE publishes the second report in the series “Capsizing of a Boat off the Greek Coast,…