Europe invasion part 2: Thousands of migrants swarm Greek islands in just three days

From UK Daily Express

By Alix Culbertson

About 5,000 people – mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – have arrived on the island of Lesbos only to face horrendous conditions as they pack into a 700-capacity centre.

Desperate migrants are suffering from overcrowding, poor hygiene conditions and a lack of food on the island – which is just one of two in Greece set up to process asylum seekers.

Thousands are packed into a facility designed for 700 people.

Thousands are packed into a facility designed for 700 people.

Thousands of new arrivals have been forced to camp in the open with no access to water, shelter, toilets or medical care.

Authorities are attempting to distribute food but there is not enough to feed the swelling numbers arriving on the island every day from war-stricken countries.

On the island of Kos – the only other migrant centre in Greece – 700 people are sleeping amid rubble and shattered glass in a dilapidated building with a maximum capacity of 200 people, charity Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) reports.

Medical teams from the charity are now attempting to treat people coming to them suffering from scabies and skin infections due to the filthy living conditions.

The charity is calling for authorities in the economically-stretched country to address the situation.

Elizabetta Faga, MSF emergency coordinator in Lesbos, said: “Leaving people to fend for themselves in an abandoned building or a field full of garbage where there is hardly any water or latrines is simply unacceptable and is putting people's health at risk."

She urged Greek authorities to provide more centres where assistance such as food, shelter, sanitation and medical care can be provided by other organisations.

The coordinator also criticised the Government for not providing new arrivals with information about what to do and where to go. 

Stathis Kyroussis, MSF's head of mission in Greece, said the situation is a violation of the country's, and the EU's obligation to asylum seekers and migrants.

He added Greece cannot cope alone due it's "deep economic crisis" and the EU should "urgently deploy humanitarian resources such as emergency funding and material assistance to support Greece in responding to the basic needs of migrants".

Today Greece opened its banks for the first time in nearly three weeks.

MSF has been providing medical care and distributing relief items to migrants arriving on the two islands since March. Doctors have carried out 2,750 consultations since then and distributed more than 20,000 non-food items such as soap, combs, toothbrushes and towels.

The charity is also providing a bus for new arrivals so they do not have to walk the 70km from arrival points in Lesbos to the registration centre.


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