Lesvos. Greece. March 29, 2020. As the goverment of greece makes it clear they are closing moria step by step, what is there more say? From all sorts of organisations, collectives and institutions it has been made clear that the people must be evacuated now. But it doesn’t matter. While they systematicly close Moria more and more with the excuse of corona, they will soon start to build a closed camp. From the month of May, the greek goverment will no longer supply people with the basic allowance that gives at least some means to feed themselves, buy phone credit to stay in contact with relatives etc. This until at some undetermined time in the future they will place ATM’s inside the camp. Some of the people that dared to make the crossing from turkey to greece in the last week are still packed in unhcr tents on the shores where they landed, unable to move.Continue reading No Border Kitchen #Lesvos: Beyond #Moria lies the future.
Lesvos. Greece. March 24, 2020. At this moment, almost 20,000 refugees reside in Moria camp and just under 8,000 in Vathi, Samos. Living conditions in the congested camps are horrendous, with shortages of toilets, showers, running water and hygiene items making it virtually impossible to maintain a basic level of hygiene. The spread of COVID-19 amongst these already-vulnerable communities would be disastrous.Continue reading Refugee 4 Refugees ask for support of their #COVID19 operations on #Lesvos and #Samos
March 25, 2020. German NGO Mission Lifeline reported today that there was no water in the Moria camp today. While European governments advice their population to wash their hands again and again to protect themselves for a coronavirus infection, they leave refugees in the overcrowded camps on the Greek islands alone. Several NGO’s and European doctors demand to bring refugees to safety immediately.Continue reading #SOSMoria, #Lesvos: Emergency call by European Doctors – “If Europe looks away now, this situation could escalate to become a medical disaster”
Greece. March 23, 2020. While the Corona crisis is keeping Europe in suspense, the suffering of those seeking international protection and the humanitarian disaster at Europe’s borders are fading into the background. In Camp Moria on Lesbos alone, designed for a maximum of 3,000 people, over 20,000 people are currently living without adequate access to water, basic hygiene facilities and medical care. To counteract the spread of COVID-19 and its disastrous effects in good time, the people on the Greek islands must receive immediate medical assistance, and overcrowded refugee camps must immediately be evacuated. The cruise ships which are idly moored in European ports offer the best conditions for this.Continue reading #Seawatch: Send decommissioned cruise ships to evacuate camps in Greece
Lesvos. Greece. March 23, 2020. As of this morning, 6am, Greece and therefore also Lesvos are offically in Lockdown. All of the regulations that are either now being enforced or be very soon will be in other nation-states are implemeted. For now, being outside without a reason is a reason to receive a fine of E150.Continue reading No Border Kitchen #Lesvos: #Lockdown in effect
Lesvos. Greece. March 19. Since its election on an anti-immigrant platform, the ruling New Democracy party in Greece has publicly pushed for the establishment of closed detention centres for migrants who enter the country from Turkey, with the intention of their eventual deportation to Turkey or their country of origin.
After facing months of obstacles, including the opposition of human rights groups, local communities and governments across the Aegean islands to the construction of these closed structures, recent measures taken ostensibly to control the spread of COVID-19 are paving the way to the mass detention of migrants in Lesvos.
Lesvos. Greece. March 18, 2020. Statement by No Border Kitchen about the Moria camp. The camp is overcrowded with 20.000 people and by allowing only 100 people to get out per hour (between 07:00am until 07:00pm) most people will be locked up for most of the time.Continue reading No Border Kitchen #Lesvos: “People will be trapped in a place that is overcrowded, dirty and without access to regular meals.”
Lesvos. Greece. March 16, 2020. Statement by No Border Kitchen Lesvos.Continue reading No Border Kitchen #Lesvos: The war against migrants is escalating
Lesvos. Greece. March 16. Fire Breaks Out in Moria, Injuring Many and Killing One. Alarm Phone reported that many in Moria have not had access to water for the past 3 days besides the plastic water bottles that are handed out. Not only does this make cleaning and using the toilet difficult, it makes putting out fires or following the hygienic measures necessary to prevent an epidemic impossible.Continue reading #Lesvos: Fire in #Moria Kills One Child – “Anyone who does not act now will be complicit in the catastrophe that is awaiting everyone here in Lesvos.”
Greece. March 14, 2020. Following the departure of the military boat carrying 500 rejected people from Lesvos, we were unofficially told they would probably be moved to closed facilities in the northern part of Greece.Continue reading People removed from Greek islands without a chance to seek asylum