The Moria refugee camp, located on the Greek island of Lesbos, burned down on this day in 2020. The cause of the fire remains disputed, but it was reported to have started within the camp and quickly spread, resulting in significant destruction
What was the Moria refugee camp?
The Moria refugee camp was an overcrowded facility on the island of Lesbos, Greece. It housed thousands of asylum seekers and migrants who had arrived in Greece in search of safety and better opportunities. The camp had gained notoriety for its dire living conditions, with reports of overcrowding, lack of sanitation, and limited access to basic necessities.
What were the consequences of the Moria camp fire?
The fire at the Moria camp resulted in the near-complete destruction of the facility, leaving thousands of refugees and migrants homeless and without shelter. It exacerbated the already dire humanitarian situation on the island and highlighted the inadequate response to the refugee crisis by both Greek authorities and the international community.
How did the Greek government respond to the Moria camp fire?
In the immediate aftermath of the fire, Greek authorities struggled to provide adequate emergency assistance and shelter to the displaced individuals. The Greek government declared a state of emergency on Lesbos and dispatched additional security forces to maintain order. The international community, including various NGOs and neighboring European countries, offered support and assistance to address the crisis. The displaced individuals were temporarily housed in makeshift tents and shelters on the island.