Syrian Migrant Recounts Rescue

A small boat — crammed with two dozen migrants — sputtered in the Mediterranean Sea as the motor cut out. It sat helplessly for an hour-and-a-half until, amid nightfall, a voice called out for help when another ship came close. That voice belonged to Syrian journalist Aliaa Hwijah, who with her partner, Mohammad, was journeying on the boat from Turkey in hopes of seeking asylum in Europe. Greek sailors found the idled vessel. Three weeks after her harrowing ordeal, Hwijah told ITV Tuesday that she and Mohammad paid $800 each to smugglers who could get them out of Turkey. And they knew the risks of crossing into Europe were great: Some 1,800 migrants from Africa and the Middle East have been killed this year trying to find passage to the continent.



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