'I'm tired': Head of overcrowded migrant camp in Lesvos resigns

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
'I'm tired': Head of overcrowded migrant camp in Lesvos resigns

Author: ekathimerini.com | 11 September 2019

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The governor of the overcrowded reception and identification center in Moria, Lesvos, resigned on Wednesday saying he is "tired," state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported.

Yiannis Balbakakis, who run the overcrowded camp for about three years, is credited with creating “safe zones” to protect unaccompanied underage refugees, women and single-parent families.

“I leave with my head held high for doing what I had to in difficult circumstances. I do not leave as a thief, nor do I leave as a protesting politician. I leave because I have to leave. I'm tired,” he was quoted as telling ANA-MPA, adding that he submitted his resignation to the Citizen Protection Ministry.

The camp, which is a disused military base, has been repeatedly criticized by humanitarian organizations for its squalid living conditions. Read more>>>