Trapped in Moria
14 year old Syrian Kassim Hajem with his 47 year old mother Ablam Saleh.Thousands of people looking for safety from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Congo continue to risk their lives to reach Europe. Those who try to arrive via Turkey and the Aegean Sea have been trapped for an indefinite period of time on islands in Greece as part of the EU/Turkey deal and its deterrence and containment approach. In Lesvos (Lesbos), there are currently more than 7,500 people in a camp made for a maximum of 2500. With the camp so full refugees are now staying in an informal extension of the camp known as Olive Grove. The awful conditions at Moria camp/Olive Grove and arbitrary administrative situations have had a dramatic impact on their health and in particular their mental health. Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders, a medical humanitarian organisation) teams provide medical and mental health support out of the Moria camp and they run a clinic for severe mental health cases in Mytilene, the capital of the island. Photo Robin Hammond/Witness Change. Lesbos, Greece. 01 May 2018.