Over the past days devastating fires burnt down the Moria Registration and Identification Center and surrounding areas, the EU Hotspot on the Greek island Lesvos. The fires have left thousands of vulnerable individuals homeless and traumatised, among them over 4,000 children.
While we are shocked and saddened at these developments, they come as no surprise. Lesvos and the other EU Hotspotsv on the Aegean islands have reached breaking point long ago. Moria camp is currently hosting roughly 12-13,000 displaced individuals, with an official capacity of only 2,800. These severely overcrowded camps are characterized by squalid living conditions and a severe lack of adequate sanitation or hygiene facilities, even amid the heightened health risks due to Covid-19.
The situation in the other Greek Hotspots is similarly untenable and repeated warnings have remained unanswered for over four years.
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