It's a crisis that can be told in numbers: around 890,000 refugees and migrants arrived to Europe by sea this year, while more than 3,500 have died and it's not over yet.
Fleeing war, human rights abuses and persecution, refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq continue to risk their lives in a desperate attempt to reach the safety of Europe.
Standing alert at the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF)-Greenpeace radio room on the Greek island of Lesbos, I watch with my heart in my mouth as these tiny boats emerge as small specks of orange life jackets in a sea of blue.
Across the deceptively narrow 10km of water between Turkey and Lesbos these flimsy boats keep coming. Greece is so tantalising close, but overcrowding, sea currents, winds, bad weather and cold waters m... Read more >