A woman and a man in a wheelchair sitting outside a tent in the Kara Tepe camp, Lesbos, Greece | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/VANGELIS PAPANTONIS
A woman and a man in a wheelchair sitting outside a tent in the Kara Tepe camp, Lesbos, Greece | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/VANGELIS PAPANTONIS

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has condemned the Greek government's decision to close the Kara Tepe 1 refugee camp on the island of Lesbos. The camp is considered "one of the few places that guaranteed security and dignity to nearly 400 vulnerable men, women and children."

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has condemned the Greek government's decision, announced on April 24, to close the Kara Tepe 1 refugee camp on the island of Lesbos. The organization said the facility was "one of the few places that guaranteed security and dignity to about 400 vulnerable men, women and children. They will be transferred to the new camp Moria that does not guarantee security and dignity."

'The absurdity of Lesbos seems without limits'

Maria Eliana Tunno, a psychologist who works for MSF on the island, said in a statement that "the absurdity of Lesbos seems to have no limits. After closing the hosting center of Pikpa months ago, now the Greek government is proceeding with the shutdown of the camp of Kara Tepe 1, one of the few places on the island that still guaranteed dignity and security to vulnerable men, women and children." At least 400 people have been transferred to the new camp Moria 2.0.

"One of our young mental health patients has suffered a relapse since his family was informed of the camp's closure and is now reporting episodes of fainting and other serious symptoms," she said. "It is devastating to see the health of our patients get worse because they are forced to return to unsafe accommodation."

'Cruel and irrational' choice

"What occurred with the camp of Pikpa and what is going on with Kara Tepe 1 is simply cruel and irrational," Tunno added. "Instead of creating more dignified housing, the EU and the Greek government are continuing to put people in dangerous camps, replicating the model of the Moria camp. MSF is asking Greek and EU authorities to end this folly. Stop treating people like numbers, guarantee their security, now!", Tunno said.

 

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