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Fire Destroys NGO Storage Facility at Greek Island Refugee Camp

March 31, 2020

A third facility being operated by volunteer groups at a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos was destroyed by a fire, this one on March 30, with officials investigating whether it could be arson as resistance builds over housing refugees and migrants during the COVID-19 crisis.

The storage building destroyed belong to the locally based non-governmental organization called Stand By Me Lesbos, media reports said, with the website Sto Nisi, reporting it held equipment and clothing and a tent used to hold educational services.

It was in the notorious Moria camp that human rights groups said has some 18,000 people packed in inhumane conditions in an area designed to hold one-sixth that many and with another 2,000 in tents and makeshift shelters outside.

A first blaze on March 1 destroyed a facility called Stage 2 that had been set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to hold migrant and refugee arrivals landing in the area of Skala in Sykamia.

A week later, a facility run by the Swiss NGO One Happy Family near the municipality run refugee camp of Kara Tepe was destroyed in  what officials said was a deliberate attack.

Local media said the Stand B


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