‘Hell on earth’: The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos

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Friday, January 11, 2019
‘Hell on earth’: The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos

Author: Clément Nicolas | euractiv.fr | 11 January 2019

Living conditions in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, housing thousands of refugees, are particularly difficult, according to Oxfam. As the weather turns colder, the charity is calling for an immediate reaction from Europe. EURACTIV France reports.

“Currently, winter is approaching and weather conditions are getting worse. It’s raining a lot. Everything is soaked: clothes, blankets, the few things people have. They sleep at night in wet blankets in tents that could collapse at any moment,” Sonia Andreu told Oxfam*.

Andreu is the programme manager of the “Bashira” centre for migrants on the island of Lesbos. Located close to Turkey, this little part of Greece hosts the Moria refugee camp, where more than 7,000 people are waiting to reach the European continent.

The camp, the main European centre for registering and checking asylum applications (one of the renowned “hotspots”), is overloaded. It accommodates almost twice its initial capacity, with up to 2,000 new refugees arriving every month. While a number of them are sent back to Turkey, life in the camp is extremely precarious. Read more>>>