Since the beginning of 2015, more than 800,000 refugees and migrants passed through the Greek islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea on their way to Europe for a better future. The residents of islands like Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Samos, among others, were quick to respond and provide comfort to the thousands of the stranded men, women and children. Without their spontaneous help, a real humanitarian crisis would have occurred.
Stephen K. from USA thought that the residents and the volunteers of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for their contributions during the refugee crisis, and started a petition in Avaaz.org saying that: “The native populations of the Greek Islands in the Aegean Sea (and many other external, worldwide, non-profit organizations and diaspora Greeks) have done and are doing anything possible to help the displaced Syrian refugees and make them as comfortable as possible although they themselves have very little […] Their acts and sacrifices shall not go un-noticed, because they are significant contributors to world peace and stability, and are clear examples of love for others in the world to use and to learn from”. The petition has already been signed by more than 200.000 people, and when it reaches 300.000 it will be sent for consideration to the Nobel Prize Committee.