Migrants and aid workers in Greece’s Moria migrant camp say residents are living in fear after the second fatal stabbing in recent weeks.
“If there is a positive case, it will trigger panic, and this panic will spread to the local population.”
Residents of the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos are living in fear under lockdown and a spate of vicious knife attacks.
Police are imposing 150-euro fines on people accused of breaking lockdown laws. The homeless have not been exempt.
Turkey opened its border to Greece in a cynical play for cash. That move tipped an increasingly anti-migration continent over the edge.
“It makes the need to decongest the island camps even more urgent.”
With the tourist economy devastated, the locals feel angry and abandoned by both the Greek government and the EU as a whole.
“We need to be realistic: It would be impossible to contain an outbreak in such camp settings."
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At least once a week, a sewage pipe bursts and a stream of human feces runs through the camp.
Migrants trying to enter Europe via the border between Turkey and Greece are about to be trapped between feuding security forces.
They’re also going after journalists: One German photographer fled after being beaten by a mob who threw his cameras into the sea.
Turkey has opened its side of the border into Europe, but Greece is using tear gas and water cannons to push desperate migrants back.