Turkish locals walking along the Aegean beaches today (January 5, 2016) were shocked to find another grim harvest from the refugee crisis: at least 27 bodies from a rubber dinghy that had deflated on the rocks, according to the Euro News website.
Bodies were discovered on at least two beaches opposite the Greek island of Lesbos, towards which the unfortunate migrants had been heading.
They may be the first migrant fatalities at sea this year. It is unlikely they will be the last if the Syrian civil war continues; in 2015 nearly 4,000 people died trying to reach Europe.
The dead included women, children, and babies, more of whom appear now to be making the journey, an indication that the crisis in Syria is worsening.