Greece facing rising number of refugees in camps

Greece facing rising number of refugees in campsThe average number of refugees and migrants arriving daily in Greece is at its highest since May, causing serious congestion in the camps on the islands and putting children at risk, Save the Children reported Wednesday.

During the first 14 days of August the number of arrivals reached 1,367, which is 144 per cent more compared to the first 14 days of July with 560 people came.

There are now more than 10,300 refugees and migrants, including approximately 3,800 children, stranded on a handful of Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos.

“We’re nearly back at square one. As the number of arrivals creeps up again, we’re starting to see scenes reminiscent of last summer. Except this time, most asylum seekers are unable to continue their journeys, and are trapped on the islands, in overcrowded facilities, and under the blazing sun,” said Katie Dimmer, Save the Children’s Director of Operations in Greece.

People there are facing many difficulties, which include sleeping on the ground in make-shift tents, suffering from dehydration due to water shortages and increasing tensions as basic services, such as toilets and showers, are stretched.

“It’s absolutely disgraceful that refugees and migrants have been living in dirty, unsafe conditions for more than four months with no end in sight,” Dimmer said.
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