On Tuesday Sawiris asked on his Twitter account for Greece and Italy to let him to buy one of their islands.
“No sane person with integrity would look at the news and decide not to take action,” he said in a TV interview on the CBC channel.
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), over 300,000 people have made the dangerous voyage across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year. More than 2,600 of those perished, including 3 year-old Alyan whose photo has captured the world’s attention.
The tweet soon went viral where many, understandably, questioned his seriousness, but he stood his ground.