If you’ve watched The Island Bus’s trailer, you have met Saeed, the boy from Afghanistan who arrived on Tilos a bit over a year ago on a people smuggling boat hailing from Turkey.
The gület that carried Saeed and over a hundred other refugees was moored in Livadia for a while, then dismantled and its shell has been a wreck in Angistro Bay for many months now.
But there was always the second boat: gület “Safir” that was supposed to pick up the people smugglers and bring them back to Turkey. That didn’t happen because the men were arrested and the boat confiscated, so the gület “Safir” has been sitting in Livadia harbour ever since – until last Monday.
Well, it’s actually still sitting in Livadia harbour.
I had meant to schedule an interview with Saeed on “Safir” to tell me the story of his journey and thought this boat would make a good backdrop as a substitute for the one he travelled on.
When I took the bus to Livadia last Tuesday, bus driver Pavlos asked as we rolled into town: “Sibylle, did you bring your camera?”
That should have made me suspicious.
There had been a bit of rain on Monday, and, somehow, the gület is on the lower parking deck of the harbour now…