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UK: Thousands of lifejackets on Parliament Square highlight refugee plight02:35

UK: Thousands of lifejackets on Parliament Square highlight refugee plight

United Kingdom, London
September 19, 2016 at 12:31 GMT -00:00 · Published

London's Parliament Square was transformed into an exhibition site called the 'Graveyard of Lifejackets' on Monday when 2,500 lifejackets worn by refugees crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Chios were laid for a viewing public to see.

Several charities led by the International Rescue Committee organised this event to coincide with the UN Migration Summit to highlight the plight of refugees.

The International Rescue Committee's Sanj Srikanthan stated that the lifejackets on display "were given to refugees crossing the Mediterranean by smugglers." Many were water absorbant and therefore had become "lethal," Sirkanthan said.

UK: Thousands of lifejackets on Parliament Square highlight refugee plight02:35
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London's Parliament Square was transformed into an exhibition site called the 'Graveyard of Lifejackets' on Monday when 2,500 lifejackets worn by refugees crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Chios were laid for a viewing public to see.

Several charities led by the International Rescue Committee organised this event to coincide with the UN Migration Summit to highlight the plight of refugees.

The International Rescue Committee's Sanj Srikanthan stated that the lifejackets on display "were given to refugees crossing the Mediterranean by smugglers." Many were water absorbant and therefore had become "lethal," Sirkanthan said.

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