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Migration crisis: Enough is enough: new pact, same misery for refugees

Op-ed by Dr Christos Christou, International President, Médecins Sans Frontières This op-ed was first published in Geneva Solutions on 3 October 2020. When I visited Moria camp, Greece, last November, I was shocked by what I saw. I could barely believe the appalling conditions...

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Mediterranean migration: “Enough is enough”: Time to stop the cycle of suffering for refugees on Greek islands

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling on the Greek and the EU authorities to stop their efforts to rebuild a new system of containment for refugees and asylum seekers on the island of Lesbos, Greece, and to break once and...

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Greece: All people in Moria camp must be evacuated to safety in wake of destructive fire

Nearly 12,000 men, women and children have been forced to evacuate Moria refugee camp, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, after a fire tore through the camp during the night of 8 September. While the fire is not believed to have caused...

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Greece: MSF forced to close COVID-19 centre on Lesbos

ATHENS – A COVID-19 isolation centre set up on the island of Lesbos, Greece, by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been forced to close, after local authorities imposed fines with potential criminal charges, related to urban planning regulations. MSF strongly condemns the...

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Greece: Greek government must end lockdown for locked up people on Greek islands

COVID-19-related lockdown measures have had an impact on the lives of everyone around the world and generated increasing levels of stress and anxiety for many of us. However, the restriction of movement imposed in places like Moria and Vathy, on...

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Greece: Vulnerable refugees evicted and left to sleep on streets

Athens: An increasing number of refugees in Greece with severe health and mental health conditions are being threatened with eviction from their accommodation, cut off from cash assistance and left in the streets without access to shelter, protection or proper healthcare....

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Greece: Evacuation of squalid Greek camps more urgent than ever over COVID-19 fears

ATHENS – The overcrowded and horrific living conditions in the camps - or  hotspots - on the Greek islands provide the perfect storm for a COVID-19 outbreak, warned Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Given the lack of adequate sanitation services and...

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Greece denies healthcare to seriously ill refugee children on Lesbos

ATHENS – In Moria camp, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, the Greek government is deliberately depriving at least 140 children with chronic, complex and life-threatening diseases of adequate medical care. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling on the Greek...

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European leaders: Stop punishing asylum seekers on the Greek islands

Open letter by Dr Christos Christou, International President, Médecins Sans Frontières Dear European leaders I have just come back from the Greek islands, and I was shocked by what I saw and by the accounts I heard from my colleagues...

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Greece: Greek and EU authorities deliberately neglecting people trapped on islands

Some 24,000 men, women and children seeking protection in Europe are trapped on the Greek islands in horrendous conditions while being deliberately neglected by Greek and European authorities, says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The harmful crisis, which is...

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