Six Afghan Refugees Arrested in Greece, Charged with Burning Down Moria Camp

Header image shows a view of the Moria camp before the fire. (Cathsign / CC BY-SA https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

The Greek government has charged six Afghan refugees with burning down the Moria camp last week. Two of the suspects are minors. The government has brought a counter-terrorism unit to Lesbos to help with the investigation. Five more local fires have followed the Moria blaze, and the authorities suspect they could be connected.

Liz Steggall Lewis of TeachBeyond says of the refugees, “They’ve just been so angered by the isolation measures imposed due to COVID-19, angry that people are staying in these squalid conditions for years without being moved to the mainland or being given asylum.”

These COVID-19 restrictions impact TeachBeyond’s work in the camps as well. Lewis says, “We’ve only this month been able to reengage in our work. But obviously, because of the crisis now, those educational programs are on hold again.”

TeachBeyond works in 61 countries around the world, transforming the world for Christ through education. They connect students and teachers, often partnering with other organizations and schools. Learn more here.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray these refugees will get better conditions and be resettled in the mainland of Europe.
  • Care for refugees and immigrants as an act of devotion to Christ.