A group of refugees carrying their belongings
A group of refugees carrying their belongings

This year, so far, has seen a huge influx of refugees arriving in Lesbos. Conditions in the Moria camp are steadily becoming worse and refugees are often left to their own devices.

Aerial view of Morias hotspot  Photo DWD TosidisA view from above 

Moria refugee camp has a capacity of 3,000. Currently, more than 9,800 refugees are squeezed into the infamous refugee camp, Greece's largest reception and identification center, one of five so-called hotspots.Two girls in the Moira refugee camp  Photo DWD TosidisDeep wounds

A large majority of those who live in Moria have been deemed as vulnerable and are in need of immediate medical assistance. This girl from Gaza, who lives with her family in a tent in the olive grove outside Moria, was severely injured when an Israeli rocket hit her home.A group of refugees arriving in Lesbos  Photo DWD TosidisA false dawn? 

In August more than 2,800 people arrived in dinghies on the island of Lesbos. A boat carrying 40 people was brought into the port of Skala Sikamineas after it was intercepted by Frontex, the EU's border agency. Eight women and 18 children, including five unaccompanied minors, were on board along with 14 men, all from Afghanistan. A policeman at the docks in Lesbos supervising a group of refugees  Photo DWD TosidisThe wait begins 

After the women and children have been transferred to a transit camp, 18 men wait to be taken away to the same camp by the authorities. Volunteers with the NGO Lighthouse relief assist the authorities in providing food and water to those who have recently arrived. A woman in the Moria refugee camp making bread  Photo DWD TosidisKeeping the tradition alive 

An Afghan woman makes bread in a makeshift underground oven which she then sells for €1 ($1.10) to other refugees. Due to deteriorating conditions and food provisions that are below standard quality many refugees who remain for long in the camp of Moria have found new ways to pass the day and remember home. A young man awaiting medical attention in a clinic  Photo DWDimitris TosidisA soothing hand 

Countless refugees need urgent medical attention. Doctors without Borders operate an emergency clinic opposite Moria for the most urgent cases, as the main camp currently only has one doctor and the hospital of Mytilene is overwhelmed and in some cases unwilling to treat refugees. A pile of life jackets next to two boats  Photo DWD TosidisDiscarded dreams 

A "graveyard" of life jackets and boats on the island's north is a stark reminder of the last huge influx of refugees in 2015/16. Lesbos has been at the center of the refugee crisis for years as thousands of people have landed on its shores. Currently there are more than 11,000 refugees spread across the islands. That number is expected to rise sharply by the end of the year. A group of refugees carrying their belongings  Photo DWD TosidisMonotonous routine 

Thousands of people are currently stuck in Moria. Waiting in line has become their main daily activity. Some wait for hours in order to receive food and water. A group of refugees preparing to board a boat  Photo DWD TosidisFrom the frying pan into the fire 

A group of refugees prepares to board a ship which will take them to mainland Greece. After the sudden arrival of 600 people in one night, the Greek government decided to transfer 1,400 people to the mainland. Most were taken to the camp of Nea Kavala in a remote village in northern Greece.

Author: Dimitris Tosidis

First published: September 11, 2019

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