Although located thousands of kilometers away from Greece, the Greeks of Australia were and remain shocked by the fatal train accident, which happened on the evening of February 28 in the area of Tempe, Greece.
In the wake of this unspeakable tragedy, the students of the Greek Orthodox College of Saint Euphemia, in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown, wanted to express their pain with a symbolic gesture, while also praying for the repose of the souls of the victims.
In the courtyard of their school, specifically on the basketball court, they unfurled a large Greek flag and painted 57 broken hearts on the floor, as many people as have lost their lives according to the authorities’ tally. At the same time, with their bodies, they formed the abbreviation RIP (“Rest In Peace”).
“We may be on the other side of the world, but our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible event,” the school’s message said.