Stand By Me Lesvos

Refugees in Europe’s ‘largest refugee camp’ self-organise coronavirus awareness campaign as cases rise |

The first case of Covid-19 was reported in Moria refugee camp in  September , as a 40 year old man from Somalia tested positive for the virus upon return to the camp from Athens. The largest refugee camp in Europe, it is located outside the village of Moria on the Greek island of Lesvos.

By September the camp had around 35 confirmed cases – when it was then gutted by a fire that  destroyed shelter and basic services for nearly 13,000 men, women and children.

The camp, described by Human Rights Watch as an  ”Open-Air Prison” , housed around  20, 000 people as of this summer , although was originally only built to accommodate around 3,000 people.


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