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Syrian Refugee Carries Kitten Across The Sea To Greece

The cat's name is Zaytouna, Arabic for “olive.”

A photograph of a Syrian refugee cradling his pet kitten has gone viral on Twitter this week.

According to reports, the unidentified man carried the young cat from his homeland across the Mediterranean Sea to Lesbos in Greece.

Greek news outlet Protothema says the man in the photograph traveled to Europe with few other possessions. His kitten’s name is Zaytouna, the news outlet says, Arabic for “olive.”

The journey they undertook is an perilous one. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 2,600 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe this year.  

 

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