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At Greece’s Moria camp, drugs and child prostitution are spreading

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Reportage. In the prison-like containers on the island of Lesbos, 21,000 people are living in misery, and suicide and self-harm are on the rise. ‘The jungle is for animals, not for humans.’ On Saturday, another 12 people drowned in the Mediterranean.

written by Angela Ricci

Topic Refugees

MORIA, Greece

January 14, 2020

Another tragedy involving migrants took place on Saturday in the Aegean Sea, with the sinking of a boat that caused the death of at least 12 migrants, including some children. There were 21 survivors, rescued by the Greek Coast Guard, which stated that the rescue operations were continuing southeast of the Greek island of Paxi, but that there were still many missing with very little hope of being found alive.

There must have been at least 50 migrants on the boat, some of whom seem to have been from Afghanistan. According to the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, 74,500 migrants passed from Turkey to Greece in 2019, and many ended up on the Greek islands, especially here in Lesvos.

Now, Lesbos has become a jungle, much like Calais. Humanity is cast adrift here, whether at sea or on the island. It’s a true hell on earth, 2,000 kilometers away from Brussels. “We have no water, no electricity. ‘Moria problem!’” say the children in the enormous refugee camp on the Greek island across the sea from Turkey, who have been leading the protests in the past few days while the adults were fetching wood from the olive trees, to ensure, at least, that their families would have the bare minimum of heat and light during the long nights.

The activists from the Italian northeast and the volunteers from Lesvos Calling (including Stefano Ferro, city councilor of Padua from the Civic Coalition) have returned to Moria, demonstrating their continuing solidarity, shown also in the form of vans loaded with basic necessities. The women and girls were given “kits” with biodegradable sanitary pads, detergent........

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