Europe’s largest refugee camp and Olive Groves destroyed by fireMovement On The Ground
On september 8, multiple fires broke out in camp Moria. The camp has been in partial lockdown since March and full quarantine after last week’s COVID-19 outbreak.
Years of frustration, neglect, lack of resources and failing EU policy has led to an expected outburst of complete unrest which ignited fires that then spread across the whole camp due to strong winds.
Most of Moria camp and the surrounding areas have been destroyed by the fire. So far, no statement about casualties has been released by officials. The camp is now closed and all 13,000 residents are without shelter.
The Olive Grove where Movement on the Ground operates focused on providing dignified living conditions, self-organisation by the community, collaboration with the local Greek community, fire protection and access to many facilities. Now, all tents/structures, educational and training facilities, washing facilities, fire points, offices, food lines, wifi network and community areas are damaged and need to be rebuilt or replaced.
Luckily, we can confirm our 20 field coordinators and 150 resident volunteers are unharmed.
Our full focus is now on the 13,000 people who are without shelter and the local population who are facing the aftermath of the tragedy.
Movement On The Ground will be there for both the refugee population and local residents on Lesvos during this time. We will provide crisis support to camp management and other field actors. Considering the urgency of this emergency situation, we are now heavily relying on support and donations to rebuild the community.
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