Mourners weep at the Safwans’ home in Ouzai.
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Of the 12 family members who left Lebanon trying to find their way to Greece, and then on to Germany, only three remain alive.Sitting in the family's seaside home in the southern suburb of Ouzai, Hani Safwan recounted his family's fate, his voice loud in an attempt to talk over the cries of anguish emanating from the gathered mourners. Lebanese by birth, he moved to Syria in search of a better life. After the uprising began four years ago, he made his way with his family to the destitute Ouzai neighborhood, where he could lean on relatives for support. Upon arriving in Turkey, the family made its way to Izmir, where they found one of the notorious human traffickers to transport them to Greece.Seven bodies have been recovered, while Moussa and Maher have been hospitalized in Turkey. A third family member has been detained by Turkish authorities. The Safwans are far from being the only Lebanese family that has attempted the journey to Europe.
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