As she wandered through smoldering ruins, Artemis Kyriakopoulou looked at the devastation around her. Little was left of the Greek village of Mati, besides the scorched earth. But as the physiotherapy student picked her way through the rubble, a shadow in the corner caught her eye.
In July 2018 terrible fires swept through the Grecian region of Attica. Heavy winds spread the blaze quickly, meaning it overwhelmed the region with ease. Many hundreds of homes were subsequently destroyed; and as of September 2018, 99 people have officially deemed to have passed away as a result of the disaster.
The small resort of Mati – less than 20 miles from Athens – was perhaps worst hit. A blaze started there on July 23, with gusts as great as 60 mph then directing the fire through the village and on to the sea. People escaped to the beaches, where the lucky ones were rescued by coastguards and others on boats.