Stand By Me Lesvos

People in refugee camps won’t survive the pandemic unless we act now |

Bairbre Flood – As I left Greece in March, Moria refugee camp on Lesvos was trying to prepare itself for coronavirus. With sporadic running water, little access to soap and severe overcrowding, everyone is worried about what will happen if the virus hits.  ‘We will be wiped out,’ Baqir, a 17-year old who made the journey to Europe alone, told me. ‘We can’t even wash our hands here.’  I had met Baqir and some of the other unaccompanied minors in the camp – there are 10,000 – through Elena Lydon, an Irish nurse who supports over 300 of these children.


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