Greece Building New Refugee Camp After Moria Camp Burns to the Ground Due to Arson

Image shows a protest in Germany after the Moria refugee camp fire. (Photo by noah eleazar on Unsplash)

Last week, over 12,000 refugees fled the Moria camp on Lesbos as it burned to the ground. Now, many have moved into a new camp being hastily built nearby on the shores of the Aegean Sea.

The Greek government maintains the fire was set intentionally and has charged 4 Afghan refugees with the crime. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the fire.

People from over 70 countries sheltered at Moria, though most hail from Afghanistan. Liz Steggall Lewis of TeachBeyond says,  “Presently, the Greek government and army have been working day and night to set up a temporary tent city that’s right there on the Aegean. Right now, that space where they’re setting up UNHCR tents is about 10 times the size of the former camp.”

The Moria camp packed thousands of people into a space the size of a Walmart, forcing many to live in squalor and leaving the camp severely vulnerable to COVID-19.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray the refugees will be able to move out of Lesbos and get resettled in the mainland of Europe.
  • Pray that many refugees and island natives would find the hope of Christ in this tough situation.