Last night brought even more destruction to Moria Refugee Camp on Lesvos. After the initial fires were extinguished yesterday, a second fire was ignited. Even today the fires continue to burn what little remains of the main camp.
This morning our team tried to make their way to our centre which is located 100 m from the main entrance of the camp. However, they were denied access. Movement in the area has been restricted for everyone, including all NGOs. All of the roads surrounding the camp have police roadblocks to stop people from entering or leaving the perimeter.
The residents of Moria are still flooding the surrounding streets and parking lots with nowhere to go. Police presence has increased significantly in the last 24 hours and the Greek Army is reportedly distributing food and water where and when they can.
We are working with our partners to coordinate support, but the movement restrictions are limiting what we can do. We hope that tomorrow morning we will be allowed to resume the work at our centre.
As one of the only facilities where women and girls can safely take showers and do their laundry – as well as the largest and the closest facility to the camp – there are hundreds of people eagerly waiting outside our gate for us to open our doors. Please keep our team and the people we serve in your thoughts and prayers!
Photo by: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters