Migrants enduring squalid conditions at the Moria camp, December 13, 2019 | Photo: Reuters/G. Moutafis
Migrants enduring squalid conditions at the Moria camp, December 13, 2019 | Photo: Reuters/G. Moutafis

A young Afghan migrant has been arrested over the stabbing of two others at the Moria migrant camp on Lesbos island on Tuesday evening. Since the start of last year, scores of people have been injured during fights at the overcrowded camp, and at least two have died from their injuries.

Police arrested a 17-year-old Afghan for allegedly attacking several other Afghans at the Moria camp on Lesbos island on Tuesday evening, local media reported on Wednesday. Two other Afghan boys aged 15 and 16, who were reportedly stabbed, are in the Mytilini hospital on the island. On Thursday morning, the 15-year-old remained in a critical condition.

Since January last year at least 30 people have been injured in brawls in and around the camp, which is seriously overcrowded. According to the ANA-MPA news agency, two have died from their injuries. A Congolese asylum seeker died earlier this month after he was attacked with a knife on New Year's Eve, and a Yemeni man also died following a fatal stabbing in mid-January.

Earlier this week, Apostolos Veizis, a medical officer with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Greece told InfoMigrants French that security conditions were very bad in Moria. "There are not enough police patrols and there is not enough lighting," he said.

More than 19,000 migrants are currently living in squalid conditions in and around the camp, which was designed to accommodate around 2,800 people.

"These acts of violence do not respond to any logic, to any common sense," Veizis said. In Moria, life itself no longer has any meaning. People lose all dignity."

•••• ➤ Also read: Life in the Moria camp on Lesbos: 'Every day, someone is injured'

 

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