MORIA MIGRANTS PROTEST AGAINST THE NEW CAMP


12/09/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Thousands of migrants left homeless on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the overcrowded Moria camp protested against a new refugee camp being built on the island today, as Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis confirmed a new facility would be made. Clapping and chanting songs, the protesters demanding to leave the island were boisterous but peaceful on the road leading to the island's main town.

The nearly 13,000 people who had been living in and around the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp have been left homeless by two consecutive fires on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Thousands of former camp residents slept in the open for a third night on Thursday, some cutting down reeds and using salvaged blankets to make rudimentary shelters to protect them from the night-time chill and the scorching day-time sun. "We have spent three days here without eating, without drinking. We are in conditions that are really, really not very good," Freddy Musamba, a former camp resident from the Gambia, told The Associated Press. "I want to speak about the European Union, who abandoned us, who left us here like this," Musamba said, calling on the EU "to come and support us, to not leave us. We are like abandoned children".

Germany and France want to take in children who were left without, Angela Merkel has said. “I asked the Greek prime minister how we could help. And his wish was that we take in minors who have been brought to the mainland,” the German chancellor said. “We have established contact with France. Germany and France will take part [in this effort].”


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