Three heroes… Three victims…

Yesterday, 6/4/2012, Krioneri, near Athens, a car stopped on the railway lines.

The train is approaching …

Near the railway lines worked three Pakistanis (illegal immigrants).

Without even thinking at all, they ran to help.

At that moment the train came and killed the elderly couple who were in the car and two of the three , immigrants.  The third immigrant was seriously injured.

A touching, tragic, human story.

Who ran to help the elderly couple?

Who lost his life helping his fellow human?

People – illegal immigrants – which in recent years have been targeted by  law enforcement authorities and a large part of Greek society.

In Greece, many believe that the main problem of the country are immigrants. We blame the immigrants for losing our  jobs , that we  do not have money , that they are the cause of the rising of  communicable diseases.

A few months ago the Minister of citizens” Protection” wanted to build a fence on the border between Greece and Turkey. Today the Minister talks about 30 camps for immigrants with fence around them and without allowing  (to the immigrants) going out of them.  A party leader talks about mines on the Greek borders. That means Greeks against immigrants…

People without hope, perspective, food, leaving their country to settle in Europe. First stop is Greece. Today are trapped in Greece, over 1,000,000 refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Somalia. It’s easy to get to Greece (has the largest border in the EU and one of the five largest of the world) but difficult to leave for  the rest of Europe. The Treaty Segen leaves no other way.(f an immigrant arrived in Italy from Greece , the Italians will return him to Greece rather than the country of  his origin.)

Immigrants in Greece are working with very small salary, the most difficult jobs and no social insurance. 

In previous years, where Greece had a high growth rate (3% – 5% per year) and there were jobs , everyone was happy.

Most projects for the Olympic Games, major public works and agricultural, owe their existence to the cheap labor of immigrants.

Today that jobs are lost and there are no projects in the country ,  immigrants are being persecuted.

Among immigrants , there are some who are criminals or forced to have committed crimes.

There are many Greek based on that  and requires  the expulsion of all immigrants from the country.


The story that I mentioned at the beginning of the text is to show that people have sensitivities , altruism , respect and selflessness, regardless of country of origin.

The hunted , the defenseless , the” targeted”  from the Greek society gave their lives to save their  hunters , their persecutors , those who feel them as inferiors.


They paid their self-sacrifice. The two with their lives and a third with serious injuries.

I  hope some  got the message and  before chasing  again  immigrants  , think the above story.

I hope not to increase the wave of racism that has gone   dangerously  high the last few years  in Greece.

I hope that is not going to be voted  by the Greeks , the far-right (Neonazi) party.

I suggest the three immigrants, to be honored by the Academy of Athens.


  1. I lost my job to an immigrant from Eastern Europe (a legal immigrant) … He was happy to do my work for a lot less than I was paid … I did not blame him … I blamed my greedy boss … and my government for creating this situation … That was 3 years ago … still no job, but lots of time to study the causes and learn about the crooks who run my country! … and yours!

    • I admire the understanding that you showed for the immigrant. Governments are creating problems to their people to be able to control them. I hope you find a job soon … if you need it … !

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