Child dies in fire in Greek migrant camp | ekathimerini.com

A young child died in a fire in an overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesvos on Monday, fire brigade officials said. The fire burned through two containers used as living quarters by people in the Moria camp, as well as some tents, a spokesman said. “During the operation a dead little girl was found,” the fire brigade spokesman told Reuters. The child was aged between six and seven.      read more
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Immediate evacuation of migrant camps in Greece needed to contain coronavirus, says MSF | euronews.com

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called for the immediate evacuation of migrant camps on Greece's islands, arguing that the conditions there provide "the perfect storm" for a COVID-19 outbreak. No-one there has tested positive but the unhygienic and cramped living conditions mean the virus can spread very fast. MSF laments that there are no epidemic response plans in place. "In some parts of Moria camp, there is just one water tap for every 1,300 people and no soap available. Families of five or six have to sleep in spaces of no more than 3 m2," MSF's Medical Coordinator in Greece,…
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First case of Corona Virus detected on Lesvos

First case of Corona Virus detected on Lesvos

As Corona Virus spreads around the globe, little attention has been paid the to unique risk that refugees face from the virus. The virus spreads quickly in close quarters, and since there is currently no cure, the only measures that can be taken are preventative ones. In Lesvos, aid workers have long been warning of the serious risk of pandemic at the Moria camp, due to the terrible hygiene conditions, the lack of potable water, no clean toilets, raw sewage, living in tents in the rain and cold, and poor health care available.  This makes preventative measures such as regular…
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Germany open to resettling children from Greek refugee camps | dw.com

Germany is prepared to take in "an appropriate share" of the neediest refugee children housed in overcrowded Greek migrant camps, German officials said on Monday. The country is set take children in as part of "a coalition of the willing" to be made up of other EU countries. The announcement from the German government came after its Chancellor, Angela Merkel, met with members of her coalition government to discuss the humanitarian crisis on Greece's borders and in its migrants camps. Migrants and refugees have been amassing along the Greece-Turkey border ever since Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said its borders were open to refugees seeking to cross into Greece.     …
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