A surge in new arrivals on the Greek islands is causing severe overcrowding, with up to 16 people to a five-person tent, babies forced to sleep on the ground and children put at grave risk, Save the Children warned today.
On August 1, the Greek Government will assume responsibility for services provided to asylum seekers on the Greek islands and for unaccompanied children throughout Greece. Humanitarian organisations working on the islands and with unaccompanied children welcome the transition to a Government-led response.
Following reports of the tragic death of a six-year-old child and woman during a fire in Moria detention centre last night on the Greek island of Lesvos, Save the Children is calling on the EU and the Greek government to urgently work to tackle overcrowding in refugee camps on the islands by moving people to safe and open facilities on the mainland.
An estimated 6,000 children living in detention centres and camps on the Greek islands are at risk with facilities on four out of five islands overflowing, Save the Children warned ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Athens on 15 November.
Save the Children International is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 3732267 and a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1076822. Its registered office is St Vincent House, 30 Orange Street, London, WC2H 7HH