Clashes in Moria refugee camp

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Clashes in Moria refugee camp

Clashes broke out again in the Refugee Camp in Moria Lesvos. We gathered three articles reporting on the events.

 

Around 10 people injured in clashes at Moria migrant camp on Lesvos | Kathnimerini | 20 Dec 2017

Around 10 people were rushed to hospital on Lesvos on Tuesday night following violent clashes between rival groups in the Moria refugee and migrant camp. Riot police were called in to quell the unrest, which reportedly broke out between rival groups of Iraqi and Afghan nationals and resulted in several small fires being set. Tension is rife at Moria, where scant resources are being stretched at almost three times the camp’s capacity and conditions are squalid. Among its 6,000-plus residents there are around 300 to 350 unaccompanied minors and hundreds of children, women and elderly and disabled people. Tuesday night’s clashes came a day after American news outlet BuzzFeed and Germany's Deutsche Welle published videos of the camp’s interior showing the extent of the filth and squalor to which residents are being subjected. Journalists are not allowed into the military-run camp without the prior agreement of authorities, so the exact extent of Tuesday's and other similar clashes are not known.

A Refugee Family in Greece Loses Everything as a Camp Burns Again | Human Rights Watch | 20 Dec 2017

Mariam’s home burned down last night.

It was just a thin tent, big enough for two, the kind you would take on a summer camping trip. But it accommodated an Afghan family of four – Mariam and her husband, their 8-year-old daughter and their baby boy. All around was the chaos of Moria camp, the overcrowded “hotspot” on the Greek island of Lesbos where nearly 5,500 asylum seeking women, men, and children have been crammed.

Violence erupts at Greek refugee camp in Lesbos | Anadolu Agency | 20 Dec 2017

Violence reportedly broke out late Tuesday at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. According to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA), serious clashes erupted between Arab, Afghan and Iraqi refugees. An unknown number of injured have been transferred to a hospital, while numerous reports said ambulances and fire trucks were rushing to the scene. Riot police in charge of security issues at the camp have reportedly used teargas to quell the clashes, with major media outlets in Greece calling it a "warzone situation".