Over the past two nights fires have destroyed most of Moria refugee camp on Lesvos, leaving over 10,000 people without shelter and, in many cases, without any of their possessions. Police have placed a cordon around what remains of the camp, and blocked all roads into Mytilini, in an attempt to stop refugees from reaching the town. Families are therefore sleeping on roads, in fields and on the mountains, without shelter, food, water or sanitation.
The Lava Project would like to assure our supporters that our volunteers, community volunteers and their families are all safe. The laundry itself continues to operate, yesterday washing uniforms and scrubs for MSF, while our volunteers are assisting other NGOs in whatever way they can.
This is the biggest humanitarian disaster we have faced in the five years of Europe’s refugee crisis. Thousands of people will need food, water and medical care over the days and weeks ahead, and many of the NGOs have lost all their infrastructure and facilities in the camp. Before the fires 35 residents of Moria had tested positive for Covid-19, and undoubtedly there are more we don’t know about.
Our partners at Help Refugees have started an emergency appeal to help those affected: We urge our supporters to give what they can in this time of crisis and desperate need.