London’s Parliament Square Transformed Into 'Life Jacket Graveyard'

More than 2,500 life jackets worn by refugees were placed in the square.

More than 2,500 life jackets were placed by volunteers in the square in front of the iconic Parliament building before sunrise. The display, which includes jackets worn by refugees making the treacherous journey over sea from Turkey to the Greek Island of Chios, got attention from passersby along the busy throughway.

2500 lifejackets for those who have died fleeing to Europe https://t.co/f3jj4ovAoo #refugeecrisis #lifejacketlondon pic.twitter.com/NkcK4tpyM4

Each life jacket represents 3 refugee lives lost in the crisis. So sad ?? #lifejacketlondon pic.twitter.com/zyxfn05cde

— Danny Sargent (@danny_sargee) September 19, 2016

According to the United Nations refugee agency, about 281,740 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe over the first eight months of 2016. And during the last year an average of 11 men, women and children have died daily making the journey.

The United Nations convened a summit on refugees Monday to discuss the refugee crisis at a special session of the 193-member General Assembly. Leaders from around the world will also be meeting Tuesday at a session convened by President Obama aimed at negotiating an international response to the crisis.