Save the Children regards as unacceptable the use of tear gas by police against refugees and migrants, including children, in Moria detention centre in Lesvos at various times yesterday. It followed a demonstration by people held at Moria against their long-term detention and the inhumane conditions in the camp.
There are reports from reliable sources that a number of refugees and migrants in the camp, including 33 children, sustained injuries and many were taken to hospital.
Vulnerable lone children are being left out in the cold in Greece as the demand for safe shelters and adequate services far outstrips the supply, Save the Children said ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Lesvos today with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Archbishop Ieronymo.
Save the Children expressed deep concern today over the deplorable conditions in Moria detention centre on the Greek island of Lesvos, where more than 1,000 children, many traveling alone, are detained as part of the EU-Turkey deal.
With temperatures forecast to drop to as low as -20 °C in Serbia this week, children travelling along the refugee route are at risk of hypothermia as well as pneumonia and other potentially fatal respiratory illnesses, Save the Children staff warn.
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