Drowned migrant boys buried as Hungary warns of 'mass inflow' of refugees – Reuters
A Syrian father on Friday buried his wife and his two little boys, drowned as they tried to flee to Europe, while Hungary’s leader told Europeans they risk becoming a minority on their own continent.With desperation and anger deepening among people escaping conflict and poverty, around 300 migrants broke out of a Hungarian reception camp while about 200 others scuffled with police on a Greek island. Austrian police also said the driver of a truck found abandoned last week with the bodies of 71 migrants in the back was among a group of people arrested in Hungary.The Syrian family and the 71 migrants, who suffocated in the truck, were among many casualties as hundreds of thousands make their way by sea and land towards wealthy northern European countries such as Germany, hoping to find safety and a new life. Many are refugees from the four-year-old civil war in Syria.In the Syrian town of Kobani, 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi was laid to rest alongside his mother and five-year-old brother at “Martyr’s Cemetery” in the predominantly Kurdish community near the Turkish border. Images of the tiny body of Aylan washed up on a beach near the Turkish resort of Bodrum prompted a global outpouring of sympathy this week. He drowned with his brother Galip, his mother and nine others while trying to cross in a small boat to the Greek island of Kos just a few kilometers away.While pressure is rising on European governments to tackle the crisis more effectively, the boys’ weeping father, Abdullah Kurdi, called on countries closer to home to act. “I want Arab governments – not European countries – to see (what happened to) my children, and because of them to help people,” he said in footage posted online by a local radio station. Nevertheless, the head of the United Nations’ refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, called on Friday for Europe to mobilize its “full force” to help the migrants.AIR FOR ONLY 90 MINUTES In Austria, police said the 71 dead migrants found alongside a motorway near the Hungarian border were Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan nationals but not a single one of them has been identified. They included a baby girl and a young boy.
The people had had enough air for no more than 90 minutes and appeared to have slowly lost consciousness, suffocating before the truck had crossed from Hungary. The driver was among five people arrested in Hungary, they …Read More