Lesbos and Samos Oct2019

medici senza frontiere

“We came here 7 days ago. I have three young children and we all have to sleep in this small tent. Last night it was rainning all night, we all got wet. We put this plastic sheet in an effort to stop the water from coming in).” – Jawad* father of 3.
At the moment, 13,000 people stranded in a camp designed to host just 3,000. People in the olive grove have to share their tents with other people with whom, they don’t have any previous relationship. The level of hygiene is very low and people have to share a toilet with another 90 people and a shower with 200. When it rains the tents are getting wet and the area turns into a muddy swamp.
MSF team in the pediatric clinic in Moria see an average of 100 children and pregnant women per day. Currently with the recent increase of arrivals our team is struggling to respond to the need that arising. Most of the children our teams see are suffering from diseases which are directly connected with the living conditions such, respiratory tract infections, skin diseases, fever and diarrhea. We also receive children with chronic and complex medical cases who need specialized attention that is not available. Yet, they have to spend months living in unhygienic and unsafe conditions before they are moved to mainland in order to get the much-needed treatment.