Nineteen international NGOs appealed to Greek authorities improve conditions at the refugees-migrants reception centres on the Greek islands immediately.
In a joint announcement, the NGOs said that over 17,000 people are packed in the hotspots, when the reception centres’ capacity is for 6,000 persons. For example, they said, the number of people at the reception center on Samos has exceed its capacity by six times while the conditions at the Moria hotspot on Lesvos are explosive and have dramatically worsen.
At Moria, the sewage system is out of order and the waste water from toilets has reached the tents and mattresses of children, when all necessary funding for this has been approved already.
The NGOs also warned about the rising incidents of sexual abuse and violence, and the majority of hosted migrants does not feel safe. The situation is worsened by the lack of core staff positions and the repeated resignation of needed medical and nursing staff.
These conditions make it difficult for organizations to help out, and nothing justifies these humiliating conditions under which thousands of trapped people live on European ground, they said, and called on Greek authorities to take immediate action and for European leaders to renew efforts for the implementation of a fair and permanent allocation of responsibility in the European Union.
The announcement is signed by the following NGOs: ActionAid, ASB, M?decins du Monde, CEA[R], Danish Refugee Council, Diotima-Women’s Study and Research Center, Greek Forum for Refugees, Hellenic Union for the People’s Rights, Greek Observatory of the Helsinki Treaties, HIAS, International Rescue Committee, Caritas Hellas, JRS, Legal Centre Lesbos, Oxfam, PRAKSIS, SolidarityNow, and Terre des hommes.