ATHENS: A 93-year-old Greek grandmother, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for helping refugees flooding into Europe, died on Sunday, reports AFP.
Emilia Kamvysi and two other elderly women became instant celebrities in 2015 when they were pictured bottle-feeding a refugee baby whose parents had just landed on Greece’s Lesbos island after a perilous sea crossing.
The three elderly women were children of ethnic Greek refugees from Turkey, and became a symbol of the solidarity of the people of Lesbos with the huge numbers of arriving Syrians.
Greek state news agency ANA reported Kamvysi’s death and said her funeral would take place in her village on Lesbos on Monday.
The other two grandmothers had already passed away — Maritsa Mavrapidou in 2019 at the age of 92, and Efstratia Mavrapidou in 2022, aged 96.
The trio had insisted they had done nothing special.
What did I do, my son Kamvysi, famously told Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.