GREEK PRIME MINISTER: WE NEED A PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR SYRIA
On Wednesday, Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, called for a permanent solution in Syria during a meeting in Athens with United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. Tsipras said “the most important thing in my view is to try and find a permanent solution – not of course concerning refugees – but in Syria.” Grandi praised Greek authorities for the handling of the refugee crisis and added: “Winter is coming, we have to organize. As I said the last time, we are really here to help you. It’s complicated, but I have the belief that things are on the right path,” the Athens-Macedonian News Agency reported. Tsipras and Grandi also agreed that the EU relocation process should be accelerated.
REFUGEE TURNED DRONE EXPERT CREATES PROJECT TO PREVENT DROWNINGS
Mehdi Salehi, a 33-year-old Afghan refugee and founder of ‘Drones for Refugees’, was featured in the Greek political daily newspaper Kathimerini. He created the project to help search and rescue teams locate and save refugees who make the trip across the Mediterranean under frequently dangerous conditions. His goal is to build larger drones that will be able to fly over the Mediterranean Sea and spot refugees in need of help. Salehi and his partner, Kristen Kersh, recently tested a camera and sensor-equipped drone in Lesvos. In 2001, Salehi himself crossed from Turkey to Greece in a dinghy and, after being granted asylum, earned his Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Thessaly in 2011. He currently works as a part-time lecturer in New York.