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LESBOS, Greece –- A boat is sinking in the waves tossed by northern winds on the Aegean Sea, 50 meters from Rayyan Haries’ base of operations on the north shore of Lesbos island.

While volunteer lifeguards swim out to the foundering vessel packed with more than 100 refugees, the 25-year-old Malaysian volunteer is scrambling to boil 30 liters of water under the early morning sun. The first taste of Europe for those lucky enough to land near him after crossing the Aegean in boats organized by smugglers in Turkey, is hot tea, sweet enough to resemble the tea they drank in their homes before they fled. Read more…

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