Stand By Me Lesvos

One year after the Moria Camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos burned down refugees are still living in bad conditions |

It has now been 1 year since Moria Camp, often referred to as Europe’s largest refugee camp had burnt down, – and I was there that night. I witnessed the high flames and the dark smoke that forced the refugees into yet another displacement. The asylum seekers emerged out of the flames with no more than what they could carry, which was usually a backpack, a small plastic-bag of things, coupled with one of two children in their arms. Whatever they could not carry were most likely lost. I had been on Lesvos for the larger half of 2020, including the lockdown, working with Stand By Me Lesvos, a local Greek NGO that focuses on education, empowerment and environment.


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