GREECE / MORIA FIRE BROLL

11-Sep-2020 00:05:09
Nearly 12,000 people including thousands of children are without adequate shelter on Greece’s Lesvos island following a series of devastating fires that have destroyed Moria asylum centre. UNHCR
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STORY: GREECE / MORIA FIRE BROLL
TRT: 05:09
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
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DATELINE: 9, 10 SEPTEMBER 2020, MORIA CAMP, LESVOS, GREECE
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9 SEPTEMBER 2020, MORIA CAMP, LESVOS, GREECE

1. Wide shot, flames burning Moria’s Registration and Identification Center (RIC)
2. Wide shot, fire trucks with emergency lights on
3. Wide shot, flames burning Moria’s RIC
4. Wide shot, helicopter dropping water onto burning RIC, smoke

10 SEPTEMBER 2020, MORIA CAMP, LESVOS, GREECE

5. Wide shot, fire burns Zone 11, the last remaining sector of Moria camp
6. Med shot, Zone 11 burning, flames, debris
7. Close up, Zone 11 burning
8. Wide shot, black smoke, man walking by
9. Med shot, men carrying their belongings
10. Wide shot, men carrying their belongings, smoke in background
11. Wide shot, vast area of camp burnt down, man trying the push a cart full of his belongings
12. Med shot, man trying the push a cart full of his belongings
13. Close up, man trying the push a cart full of his belongings
14. Wide shot, two young men dragging crates of their belongings
15. Wide shot, riot policemen patrolling through burnt area
16. Med shot, policemen walking past an old woman and her full pushcart
17. Med shot, policemen walking past an old woman and her full pushcart
18. Wide shot, men walking carrying their belongings
19. Wide shot, man carrying his belongings on a wheelchair, smoke in background
20. Wide shot, men walking carrying their belongings
21. Wide shot, thousands of men woman and children on the side of the street, with belongings
22. Med shot, thousands of men woman and children on the side of the street, with belongings
23. Med shot, men and Women waiting in line for assistance
24. Wide shot, five people camping out few kilometers away on the ground
25. Med shot, young man and a boy camping out few kilometers away on
26. Various shots, aerial views of devastation caused by the fire
STORYLINE
Nearly 12,000 people including thousands of children are without adequate shelter on Greece’s Lesvos island following a series of devastating fires that have destroyed Moria asylum centre.

With the initial fire which broke out on the evening of Tuesday 8 September causing extensive damage to thousands of asylum seekers’ shelters and common areas, more fires were reported on the evening of 9 September and 10 September. The latest fires have affected the adjacent fields next to the Moria Reception and Identification Center (RIC), in what is known as “Olive Grove”, destroying what remaining accommodation was still available.

While no casualties have been reported to date, the fires have now left 11,500 asylum seekers, among them 2,200 women and 4,000 children, without adequate shelter, sleeping out in the open over the past few nights in the streets, field and beaches. Among them are vulnerable people, very young children, pregnant women, elderly people and people with disabilities.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has been offering support to Greek authorities to help protect and assist asylum seekers affected by the fires, mobilizing resources and aid. UNHCR is providing emergency assistance to ensure people don’t sleep in the open.

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.

While authorities are working to find immediate shelter arrangements, UNHCR urges that long-term solutions need to be identified for refugees and asylum seekers in Moria and other sites on the Greek islands.

The incidents at Moria, the refugee agency said, demonstrate the long-standing need to take action to improve living conditions, alleviate overcrowding, improve security, infrastructure and access to services in all five reception centres on the Greek islands.

To respond to pressing protection needs of asylum seekers in Greece, UNHCR continues to advocate for more support including from European countries and EU institutions, such as through expedited relocations of unaccompanied children and other vulnerable people. It welcomed recent announcements made by European countries to take in unaccompanied minors and families with children from Greece.
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