Greek immigrants give birth on a deserted island


Emergency personnel embrace a newborn boy on June 22, 2022, at the port of Mitilini on the island of the Aegean Islands northeast of Lesbos, Greece. (Panagiotis Balaskas / AP photo)

Lesbos, Greece — Greek officials say an Eritrean woman gave birth on an uninhabited rocky islet after traveling with other immigrants from nearby Turkey.

Coast Guard officials said 29 Eritreans (24 men and 5 women) were found on Wednesday during a patrol near Lesbos in eastern Greece. One of the women had just given birth.

They were also rescued and taken to Lesvos, where the mother and baby were treated in the hospital.

A Coast Guard official said, “they were discovered by patrols and are all healthy,” on condition of anonymity, as the official announcement had not yet been announced.

“Mothers and babies are also healthy,” officials said.

Immigrant Greek newborn
An immigrant woman carries a newborn boy on June 22, 2022, at the port of Mitilini on the island of the Aegean Islands northeast of Lesbos, Greece. (Panagiotis Balaskas / AP photo)

Immigrants were found on the island of Barvarias, about 3 km (2 miles) east of Lesbos and about 20 km (12 miles) from the Turkish coast. Local officials said the baby was a boy.

Over the weekend, the Coast Guard rescued 108 migrants from a reckless sailing vessel leaking near the holiday island of Mykonos.

Associated Press

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