Syrian migrant Bashar Wakaa and his heavily pregnant wife are days away from the birth of their third child, stranded on the Greek island of Lesvos in a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove with no running water or toilets.
Washington sees Greece as a pillar of stability and as a strategic partner in the Southeastern Mediterranean region, US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt has said, adding that bilateral ties between the two countries are in better shape than they have been in many decades.
There were months in 2015 when the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos received up to 6,000 arrivals of migrants and refugees a day. The refugee crisis was the leading news item at the time and harrowing images of those landings traveled across the globe.
Members of the Pilobolus dance theater perform ‘Shadowland’ for the media ahead of the show’s premiere at the Athens Concert Hall on Wednesday night. The American company is in the Greek capital through Sunday with a total of eight performances that combine dance and acrobatics in a tale recounting a young girl’s nightmares. Pilobolus is one of several top-flight acts that will be appearing in the Greek capital over the holiday season, which also include the Grigorovich Ballet Theater of Russia in Tchaikovsky’s festive favorite ‘The Nutcracker.’ [Haris Akriviadis/ANA-MPA]