Greece’s biggest migrant camp is a mental health crisis, aid groups say

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Greece’s biggest migrant camp is a mental health crisis, aid groups say

Author:Niki Kitsantonis | The New York Times | 25 September 2018

ATHENS — Aid groups are warning of a growing safety and mental health crisis in Greece’s largest migrant camp, a combustible place where violence, attempted suicide, untreated psychological trauma and unsanitary conditions are commonplace, even as the government takes steps to relieve dangerous overcrowding.

At the camp, called Moria, which is on the island of Lesbos, “more than 8,500 people are crammed into a site which only has the capacity to host 3,100,” the International Rescue Committee, one of the aid groups operating there, stated in a report released on Tuesday.

There is only one shower for every 84 people and one toilet for every 72 people, the report said, and “the sewage system is so overwhelmed that raw sewage has been known to reach the mattresses where children sleep.”

The alarms about conditions on Lesbos came as other European countries are taking increasingly tough stands against migrants. Read more>>>