Athens DNA lab helps trace those lost at sea on Aegean crossing

Aegean Sea RefugeesATHENS, Greece, April 5 (UNHCR) – The phone call comes from New York, seven hours behind Athens. A Syrian woman in the United States is trying to trace her cousin and uncle. She believes both died trying to cross the Aegean from Turkey to Greece. She wants to know for sure and, if so, to be able to make appropriate arrangements and repatriate their bodies.
Penelope Miniati, the new head of Greece’s criminology service, takes the call. She sees no bodies but her job is to make sure that families know the fate of their beloved ones.

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