Greek islanders who have been at the frontline during the majority of the refugee crisis are to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize with the support of their national government. A group of academics from Harvard, Cornell, Oxford and other universities have drawn up an official nomination for the Greek islanders.
It has been estimated that around 900,000 refugees entered Europe last year, the majority were greeted by people who lived on Greek islands in the Aegean Sea who welcomed them after travelling over in unstable boats, soaking wet and scared.
The islanders included fishermen who gave up their work in order to rescue people from the sea. They have therefore been nominated for the world’s most ‘esteemed awards’.
Yiannis Mouzalas, the Greek minister for migration has offered the governments full support. A petition was created on the website of the Grassroots campaign group ‘Avaaz’ and has received over 300,000 signatures already. The petition said that “grandmothers have sung terrified little babies to sleep, while teachers, pensioners and students have spent months offering food, shelter, clothing and comfort to refugees who have risked their lives to flee war and terror”.
The papers have not be signed as of yet however even with the country suffering with their own economic crisis they have still helped as much as they can during the refugee crisis with ‘empathy and self-sacrifice’ they are ‘unsung heroes’ that should be recognised for all their hard work.