Lesbos Residents Fearful of Refugee, Migrant Detention Center

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 2, 2018 photo a Syrian woman cooks food on an open fire at a makeshift camp outside Moria on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

LESBOS, Greece – Despite repeated complaints from human rights groups and activists and pleas for help, the overcrowded refugee and detention center on the Greek island of Lesbos isn’t fit for humans and is a cauldron of growing tension with residents, Canada’s CTV said.

The residents have reported break-ins, cases of arson, and animals killed for food in the village of Moria – located only a short distance from the country’s biggest refugee camp on the island of Lesbos.

“You have to be careful. You must have a gun. You must have a knife to protect your family, to protect your property,” resident Vassilis Batzakas told CTV’s Daniele Hamamdjian during her recent trip to the camp and its surrounding areas.

The residents say the presence of the refugees is not the problem, it’s the fact that the camp is uncontrollably overcrowded with refugees from Syria’s civil war mixed with migrants from 56 other countries in a center hosting 7,500 people, far over capacity.

Most in the center are seeking asylum, their only option to prevent being returned from Turkey, to which they first fled before human traffickers sent them to Greek islands with the European Union closing its borders to them and reneging on promises to help take some of the overload.

A report by the International Rescue Committee described some of the “unacceptable” conditions, including overcrowding which has led to long line ups for washrooms, food and water.

The camp – designed for just 3,100 people – is overcome with garbage, stagnant water, and broken sewage pipes causing waste to leak into the shabby tents and shipping containers the asylum seekers call home, the paper said.

1 Comment

  1. But ….lets give…. evangelical Anglo white supremacist ….. USA and England …more bases in Greece…..you know …the ones who created….sorry TNH….the large number of refugees from Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Syria , Afghanistan, Somalia, etc etc. , and will not allow any of them to come to the U.S.A….except their Saudi Arabian jihadist and war crimes partner! Why don’t you send them to Israel ? Oh no, I forgot….their financial benefactors in the U.S…… will not allow the tainting of their society, and Mr. Netanyahue …doesn’t take orders from the United States …he gives them!

    AS a matter fact…why do you think they are addressed as an Apartheid State…who policy to date…is to murder those refugees in Gaza…not take care of them!

    The number one responsibility of the leaders of any country …it to secure the peace and safety of its citizens…. not destroy it! To this end…. Mr. Tsipras has failed the citizens of Lesbos…and they should not be obligated to pay any taxes to this corrupt governor of the United States and EU!

    As a matter of fact ….they should be financially compensated to pay for proper security!

    When are the people of Greece….going to start to take matters into their own hands!

    Very simply…. boycott all goods from the United States, England and the EU…. including all computer and electronics…which is what they are doing to the countries of the world …in prosecuting World War 3….to take over the sovereignty of the independent countries of the world! There are plenty of alternatives…unless Mr. Tsipras is restraining trade with the enemies of the degenerates in Washington! `

    Demand….that the government of Greece….removes all U.S. and Nato bases from Greece …… and prepares exit plans from the EU….as Mr. Tsipras promised …when he got your vote!

    Why would any Greek or Greek Orthodox Christian…..have anything to do with racist Evangelicals…whose record of crimes against the rest of the world ….is a matter of record ! Today….they drop one bomb every 12 minutes of the day ….on some ethnic group of countries…other than; their own.!

    Spare me ….their exceptionalism …in what…..killing people and countries! America is a myth….and merely….factory to go to work …to feed their lust for war! However, they have now put on their Suicide Vests….in attempting to provoke a nuclear holocaust with two countries who can accommodate them !

    Right now…. as a Greek American…it is time to go back to our Grandparents homes in Greece….because ….the last place you want to be now….is N.Y or Washington…..rapidly becoming Ground Zero …for the created enemies of a bunch of degenerates in our Congress and military….who seem intent on destroying civilization …and taking us all down!
    Sadly…. we have a society….that could care less…about the rest of the world ….only how much money….they earn!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *