A Mental Health Crisis in Greece’s Moria Refugee Camp

Thousands of people who've risked their lives to escape war and persecution find themselves trapped in Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. They are living in miserable, overcrowded conditions—often for years—waiting for their asylum claims to be processed. Asylum-seekers receive no regular information about the status of their requests, and they could be deported or sent to a detention center at any time. The combination of the trauma experienced in the places that they've fled and the appalling conditions in the camp is affecting people's mental health. MSF teams providing the only specialized mental health care in Moria see patients with a range of conditions—from the inability to sleep, to psychotic episodes, to suicide attempts.