Greece: Lesbos leader expresses need for help in the region

A local leader in Lesbos expressed the frustration of residents and demanded more support from European countries in Moria, on Monday, as migrants are still living in tents and sleeping rough after the biggest refugee camp in Europe was wiped out by a massive fire last week. “We are living a drama about these people. I don’t know when it will end. We’re looking at little children sleeping on the roads, Europe should support and help these people. Not sending blankets and food, if they can, each country [should] take 500 people,” said Konstantinos Kourogenis, president of Afalonas, a village 4km (2.5 miles) away from Moria. «It’s a shame that Greece has to lift all the weight of Europe in the migration crisis. Aside from the drama of refugees and migrants, we have the drama of the local society, that is living through big, dramatic situations,» stated Kourogenis. Kourogenis also said residents are struggling to reach their workplaces due to the road blockades around the islands, and said the government should find solutions. Among those still living around Moria, many are refusing to relocate to the new Kara Tepe camp. An Afghan refugee said she feared for new fires in a closed facility. Thousands of migrants have been relocated following the fires that broke out at the Moria refugee camp on Wednesday, September 9, burning large parts of it to the ground. The Greek authorities built a new 3,000-capacity tent camp over the weekend. Hundreds have reportedly already been relocated. The Moria migrant camp was exceeding almost four times its maximum capacity of 3,100 people, hosting around 13,000 migrants living in poor sanitary conditions.

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