‚The hell hole‘
Refugees described Moria as a „hell hole for non-Syrians“. It is Lesbos‘ main camp where all arrivals must register. Police prohibits journalists from visiting without an escort, speaking to refugees, or even photographing the facilities. Aid workers are outnumbered by riot police… I made this reportage exclusive with the authorization of the Greek Government.
Many people slept exposed to the cold at night without tents, sleeping bags, or warm clothing. Volunteers save their blankets for children and those who arrive soaked in sea water.
The toilets consist of a few portable toilets and concrete rooms floored with swamps of human waste. Between two locked and fenced off ‘reception centres’ bristling with razor wire, a steep slope leads to the office where everyone must register to proceed to Athens – or anywhere else.
Hundreds queued through blistering heat and cold of night while riot police loomed over the line. Women and children, the sick and injured were all subject to the same conditions.
The refugees are traumatized, hungry, thirsty and exhausted. Waves of panic and frustration are commonplace. Refugees and volunteers widely report that the police, lacking any proper training, often respond with violence.