A child escorted by coast guard officers disembarks with other migrants from a vessel after a rescue operation, at the port of Mytilene, on the northeastern Aegean Sea island of Lesbos, Greece, on August 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas)

On August 28, two overloaded boats crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece. They carried refugees and migrants fleeing war, violence, and poverty.

The passengers hoped for a better life in a new country. Instead, five of them lost their lives.

Young lives cut short

One boat sank near the Greek island of Lesbos. Four of the 22 passengers drowned. They were all children: a boy, 8 years old, and three girls. The girls were 8 years old, 14 years old, and 11 months old.