Konstantina Kuneva, a Bulgarian migrant worker and trade union leader who was severely wounded in December 2008 after a man threw sulphuric acid in her face, due to her trade union activities, became on Sunday the first migrant to be elected in Greece as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).
Kuneva, who lost her sight in one eye and has limited vision in the other, whilst her vocal chords and trachea were seriously damaged as a result of the 2008 attack, was a candidate with SYRIZA.
Last Sunday produced another first for the migrants in Greece. In the second round of the local government elections in the municipality of Andravida – Kyllini, in North Western Peloponnese, Syrian born local doctor Nampil Morant, a father of two who migrated to Greece 23 years ago, won 52.2 per cent of the popular vote and was elected mayor. Before his election as mayor Nampil Morant served as a local councillor for three terms.
It is worth noting that the municipality of Andravida-Kyllini includes the town of Nea Manolada, where on April 17 2013, about 30 migrant workers from Bangladesh were injured in a shooting at a strawberry farm. The incident took place when a group of about 200 workers had gathered to demand a 6-month overdue pay.