For Saïd, the escape to safety was like a triathlon. To reach Europe he walked and ran many marathons from war-torn Syria to Turkey, before wading into the Aegean Sea in the dead of night and taking a desperate risk – to swim to Greece.
Hundreds of people arrive at the Serbian border with small bags and blankets. After going through the pre-reception centre in Miratovac, they smile and shake hands with each other and with local residents.
“We try to find the people who need our assistance, and this means sometimes searching the poorest areas and asking the locals if they know of someone who is in serious trouble,” says Ji-Hye Kim, one of the young volunteers who is actively taking part in the Korean Red Cross Windmill of Hope programme in Dobong-gu district in Seoul.
On the island of Lesbos, between 1,500 and 2,000 people arrive each day. Hellenic Red Cross is providing assistance to those at the First Reception Centres, but resources are in short supply.
Today, we renew our call on the 194 State Parties to the Geneva Conventions to ensure that people on the move fully enjoy Human Rights and protection as anyone else.
In a crowded tent on a dusty piece of ground near Gevgelija, in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, the Samir family sits talking to a Red Cross doctor about the illnesses of the four children in the group.
“The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation”.
“The procurement, in order to obtain, directly or indirectly, a financial or other material benefit, of the [irregular] entry of a person into a state party of which the person is not a national or a permanent resident”.
A smuggler is an intermediary who moves a person with their agreement, in order to transport him/her in an unauthorized manner across an internationally recognized state border.
Rescue at sea is a situation in which a vessel provides assistance to person or ship in distress at sea. The duty to rescue those in distress at sea is firmly established by both treaty and customary international law.