Sea of life jackets worn by refugees

Ms Rehab Sidiqi, a trustee of Women for Refugee Women and originally from Afghanistan, posing in Parliament Square, central London, yesterday with life jackets worn by refugees during their crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Chois. The display was held by a number of charities and refugees to coincide with the United Nations Summit For Refugees and Migrants that started in New York yesterday.

Volunteers built a "life jacket graveyard" with 2,500 life jackets, of which 625 had been used by children. On average, 11 men, women and children have died across Europe every day in the past 12 months, according to the UN Refugee Agency, reported CNN. Between January last year and last month, an estimated 6,940 people drowned or went missing trying to reach Europe.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2016, with the headline 'Sea of life jackets worn by refugees'. Print Edition | Subscribe