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Did The Greek Coast Guard Let 11 Immigrants Drown?

A boat filled with mostly Afghan immigrants was stopped and towed away by the Greece's Coast Guard. But when the boat eventually sank, 11 people ended up dead. Survivors recount.

A Greek Coast Guard patrol boat
A Greek Coast Guard patrol boat
Adéa Guillot

ATHENS — Wiggling in the warmth of his mother’s arms and wearing a beaming smile, 15-month-old Youssef laughs as his father makes funny faces. He is a child like any other. Except for the fact that Youssef is the only child who survived the terrible Jan. 19 shipwreck near the Greek island of Farmakonisi.

That night, 11 migrants, most of them women and children died, and precisely who is to blame has become the latest international case swirling around the issue of immigration.

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