The Moria camp for migrants and asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos remains overcrowded | Photo: picture alliance/A. Tzortzinis
The Moria camp for migrants and asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos remains overcrowded | Photo: picture alliance/A. Tzortzinis

A young Afghan man has been stabbed to death near the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. This year, fatal knife attacks have been happening at an average rate of one a month.

Greek police said a 21-year-old Afghan asylum seeker died after a knife attack on Sunday by a 19-year-old who was also living in the Moria camp, news agencies reported. The suspected perpetrator and two other Afghan men were arrested after the incident, according to local media.

There have been repeated brawls and stabbings in and around the camp on the Aegean island of Lesbos, where thousands of migrants live in cramped and insanitary conditions. Since the beginning of the year at least seven asylum seekers, including a child and a woman, have been killed in knife attacks. More than ten others have been injured.

A 32-year-old asylum seeker from Burkina Faso who had recently arrived in the Moria camp told InfoMigrants in January that he feared for his safety on a daily basis. "Every day, someone is injured," he said.

The government in Athens has moved more than 14,000 migrants from Lesbos Island to facilities on the Greek mainland since January to try to relieve the overcrowding in Moria. However, around 17,000 people remain in the camp, which was built for about 2,800 people.

'Worse than the virus'

The Greek government has extended a coronavirus lockdown for all migrant camps for the fifth time, until August 2. The restrictions, in place since March 21, are aimed at preventing COVID-19 from spreading among migrants.

But aid groups have condemned the lockdown extension, saying that it leads to greater tension and violence among asylum seekers, which they say is "worse than the virus," according to AFP.

•••• ➤Also read: Moria stabbing blamed on conditions in migrant camp

With AFP, dpa


 

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