UNHCR / MORIA REFUGEE CAMP WRAP

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14-Sep-2020 00:06:55
Hundreds of asylum-seekers took shelter in UNHCR-supplied tents on Greece’s Lesvos Island on Friday, but thousands more were still sleeping rough on the street after fires destroyed the overcrowded Moria camp where they had been living. UNHCR

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STORY: UNHCR / MORIA REFUGEE CAMP WRAP
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE:

10-13 SEPTEMBER 2020, KARATEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

SHOTLIST:

10 SEPTEMBER 2020, KARATEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

1. Various shots, Mostafa Bahadori, camping out in the street with family and refugees
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mostafa Bahadori, Afghan Refugee:
“You can see our situation. We don’t have any place to – there isn’t any toilet. There is no enough water, no food. Today, all the day, we didn’t have food. Just at the end of the day, they give us food. And you can see we are in the street.”
3. Various shots, Mostafa Bahadori, camping out in the street with family and refugees
4. Various shots, Nassrulah Paiwandi sitting and waiting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nassrulah Paiwandi, Afghan Refugee:
“I have two children, small children. They didn’t eat any food. They are hungry!”
6. Med shot, Paiwandi
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nassrulah Paiwandi, Afghan Refugee:
“I think we don’t have a good future because it’s not bad, it’s very bad, it’s very bad.”
8. Various shots, Paiwandi

12 SEPTEMBER 2020, KARATEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

9. Various shots, man walking
10. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Asylum-seeker from Afghanistan:
“It can't get worse than what we're going though right now, today. Some people set the camp on fire, and since then we’ve spent three or four days on street, and nobody listens to us. Nobody asked after us. What is going to happen to us, what should we do?”
11. Med shot, woman and children
12. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Asylum-seeker from Afghanistan:
“We put our lives in danger to come here. We didn't know if we were going to live or die when we climbed into the sea. We thought we were going to die. We crossed the border. We had heard that here there was respect for human rights here, but since we arrived we have seen that in reality nobody is supported’’
13. Med shot, woman and children
14. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Asylum-seeker from Afghanistan:
“We have been out here for three or four nights. Look at the children here. Look at this child here. He is one year old, and he hasn’t eaten anything in three, four nights. Is it his fault that there's no food for him?”

11 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEAR KARATEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

15. Various shots, UNHCR workers unloading and installing tents at a temporary accommodation site near Karetepe
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Astrid Castelein, Head of Lesvos sub-office, UNHCR:
“After three consecutive fire incidents in Moria Reception and Identification Center, the whole camp, the whole camp has burned down. The site used to host 12,000 asylum-seekers including 3,000 women, 5,000 children. All of them are today homeless, sleeping in the streets, in the olive groves. So UNHCR has supported with transferring the vulnerable group to better accommodation, some of the mainland, others here on Lesvos. We are also shipping in relief items for the immediate needs, and supporting the Greek state in coordinating the response and setting up – as you can see behind us – a temporary accommodation site, a temporary site… All of this in a context of COVID, where all precautionary measures have to be taken, and also medical facilities need to be installed.”

12 SEPTEMBER 2020, KARATEPE, LESVOS ISLAND, GREECE

17. Various shots, refugee families settling in UNHCR tents

STORYLINE:

Hundreds of asylum-seekers took shelter in UNHCR-supplied tents on Greece’s Lesvos Island on Friday, but thousands more were still sleeping rough on the street after fires destroyed the overcrowded Moria camp where they had been living.

According to UNHCR, as of Sunday some 400 asylum-seekers had been given shelter at an emergency accommodation site, and 280 UNHCR tents had been set up within a day with capacity for some 2,200 people.

But some 12,000 people, including thousands of children, had been sheltering at the Moria center – four times its capacity – and the majority, who were still without shelter, were still forced to sleep out on the roads and in parking lots and petrol stations while awaiting aid.

Mostafa Bahadori was born and raised in Iran to Afghan refugee parents. He, his parents, brother and sister came to Greece first by walking 14 hours in Iran to the border with Turkey, then crossing Turkey and making several failed attempts to come to Greece before arriving in Lesvos.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mostafa Bahadori, Afghan Refugee:
“You can see our situation. We don’t have any place to – there isn’t any toilet. There is no enough water, no food. Today, all the day, we didn’t have food. Just at the end of the day, they give us food. And you can see we are in the street.”

Nassrulah Paiwandi, a 27-year-old Afghan refugee, stayed in Moria for 18 months. UNHCR began setting up tents to provide emergency shelter to asylum-seekers made homeless by fires that gutted the overcrowded Moria camp on Greece’s Lesvos island. News coverage.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nassrulah Paiwandi, Afghan Refugee:
“I have two children, small children. They didn’t eat any food. They are hungry!”

SOUNDBITE (English) Nassrulah Paiwandi, Afghan Refugee:
“I think we don’t have a good future because it’s not bad, it’s very bad, it’s very bad.”

On Friday, the UN Refugee Agency, began setting up the first several dozen tents in a push to begin housing the most vulnerable children, men and women.

UNHCR’s Astrid Castelein, the head of the sub office in Lesvos, said Moria was hosting 12,000 people at the time of the fire, including 3,000 women and 5,000 children. Since the fire, most have slept rough in the streets and local olive groves, with limited access to food, water and basic sanitation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Astrid Castelein, Head of Lesvos sub-office, UNHCR:
“After three consecutive fire incidents in Moria Reception and Identification Center, the whole camp, the whole camp has burned down. The site used to host 12,000 asylum-seekers including 3,000 women, 5,000 children. All of them are today homeless, sleeping in the streets, in the olive groves. So UNHCR has supported with transferring the vulnerable group to better accommodation, some of the mainland, others here on Lesvos. We are also shipping in relief items for the immediate needs, and supporting the Greek state in coordinating the response and setting up – as you can see behind us – a temporary accommodation site, a temporary site… All of this in a context of COVID, where all precautionary measures have to be taken, and also medical facilities need to be installed.”

Greek authorities are now establishing a temporary accommodation site to house some of the most vulnerable among them at a former shooting range on a military installation near Karetepe. UNHCR has been offering support to Greek authorities to help protect and assist the affected population and began setting up the first few dozen tents on Friday to provide temporary emergency shelter.

The coronavirus pandemic is also adding to an already desperate situation. People tested positive to COVID-19 need to be provided the soonest possible with special care, isolation and treatment arrangements and medical support.
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