Author: Emma Batha
|Afghan migrant Fadi Mohammad (C), who says he lost his wife and three of his children when their boat capsized, is escorted by his son (L) and a compatriot after a prayer session in Athens, on Jan. 24, 2014. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis|
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A survivor of a migrant boat tragedy in which a dozen people are thought to have drowned in Greek waters has given a harrowing account of last week’s disaster in which he saw his wife and four children perish as their boat sank while being towed by the coast guard.
Safi Ehsanullah said when he asked for help to save his children, one of the coast guards pointed a gun at him, according to an interview on the Greek news website Pandora’s Box. He also said coast guards beat back desperate migrants trying to scramble from their sinking vessel onto the guards’ boat.