50 unaccompanied refugee children left Greece for Germany | keeptalkinggreece.com

50 unaccompanied refugee children left Athens international airport for a new life in Germany on Saturday morning. The minors aged 5-16 had arrived in Athens a few days ago from the overcrowded hotspots on the Greek islands, the Reception and Identification Centers of Lesvos, Chios and Samos. An special flight of Aegean airlines brings the children in Hannover where they will initially stay in a 14-day “house isolation” in accommodation facilities. Some of the children will reunite with their families.      read more
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Greece refugee crisis: First 12 children evacuated from camps | dw.com

The first 12 child refugees to be evacuated from Greek island camps left Athens on Wednesday. The European Union has agreed to take in 1,600 unaccompanied children from overcrowded camps on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos, but action thus far has been glacial. The first dozen boys and girls were flying to Luxembourg, which has called for other EU member states to take in the remaining children in camps. Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn issued a plea on Wednesday, saying that if tiny Luxembourg could manage it, so too could other states.      read more
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16-year-old Afghan boy stabbed to death in Moria camp | keeptalkinggreece.com

A 16-year-old Afghan teenager has died after he was stabbed by a 20-year-old compatriot outside the hotspot of Moria in the early morning hours of Wednesday. The severely injured boy was rushed to the hospital of Mytiline but died on the way there. Doctors could only pronounce him dead. The victim was living with another five members of his family in a tent outside the main camp of the Moria Identification Centre (RIC) on the island of Lesvos.      read more
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‘Coronavirus doesn’t respect barbed wire’: concern mounts for Greek camps | theguardian.com

The spectre of coronavirus striking severely overcrowded refugee camps in Greece has hovered menacingly for months. International aid organizations, human rights groups and doctors have sounded the alarm. With the spread of the pandemic, calls for action to prevent impending medical catastrophe have become shriller. In Aegean islands on the frontline of the crisis, health carers speak of days gained, not won. But an outbreak of the disease in two facilities near Athens has intensified concerns over the estimated 36,000 men, women and children stranded on remote isles opposite the Turkish coast.      read more
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