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Moria Refugee Camp has been home to approximately 13,000 people, but a fire has now left most without shelter as a massive blaze broke out in the camp on Tuesday. The camp was originally built to house about 3,000 people, but was home to thousands more after huge number of refugees sought to enter Europe in 2015 when the Syrian civil war begun.
Where is Moria?
Moria Reception and Identification Centre, better known as Moria Refugee Camp, is located on the Greek islands of Lesbos.
The refugee camp got its not from the Moria village near the city of Mytilene.
In August 2018, it was dubbed by the field coordinator of Doctors Without Borders as “the worst refugee camp on earth”.
Luca Fontana, MSF Lesbos coordinator told the BBC at the time: “I have never seen, ever the level of suffering we are witnessing here every day.”
Mr Fontana also worked during the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa but said of the Moria Refugee Camp: “I’ve never seen the level of suffering we are witnessing here every day.
“Even those affected by Ebola still have the hope to survive or they have the support of their family, their society, their village, their relatives.
“Here, the hope is taken away by the system.”
What happened in the Moria Refugee Camp this week?
Thousands of migrants were left without shelter on Wednesday after overnight fires gutted their overcrowded camp.
Fires broke out in more than three places in a short space of time a local fire chief said.
Greece’s migration minister said the fires “began with the asylum seekers”.
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Notis Mitarachi said the “incidents in Moria began with the asylum seekers because of the quarantine imposed”.
Of the 35 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, some had reportedly refused to move into isolation with their families.
A Greek migration official also said the camp was “probably totally destroyed”.
Images showed people running down a road carrying children and infants.
Athens declared a state of emergency on Lesbos and sent police reinforcements to the island to help keep order.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address the current state of the refugee camp “cannot go on”.
He added that managing migrant flows was a “European problem”.
Mr Mitsotakis said: ”The situation in Moria cannot go on (as it is) because it is simultaneously a public health and national security issue.”
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