A fire declared this past dawn has completely destroyed the Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos. Moria, until yesterday, it was the largest refugee camp in Europe: at present it housed about 13,000 people, although its official capacity -with which it was built. it was for just 2.500.
Now, however, the field has been reduced to ashes: 80% has been charred. There has been, however, neither victims nor injured. Thus, the part that has remained standing has been, for the most part, the official one: surrounded by concrete walls and controlled by the Greek police.
Everything else, you are tents raised by the refugees themselves, without any sanitary system, electricity, running water, electricity or security -general situation- no longer exists.
Moria wore quarantined almost total since March, when the pandemic was declared and, although there were no cases of Covid in the compound, everyone was prohibited from leaving the place unless they did not get a special permit. But last week the first case was declared. Now, seven days after the first case, which happened on the fifth anniversary of the death of Aylan Kurdi (the boy drowned on the beach who went around the world) there is already 35 positives.
When the first case was declared, the Greek government decided to completely shut down the camp for a period of 15 days, with no exceptions. And now, although the field no longer exists, they have made a similar decision: the first measure taken by Kyriakos MitsotakisHellenic Prime Minister, following the fire has been dispatching hundreds of toriot towards Lesbos to prevent refugees from trying to go anywhere.
In actuality there are two other active fires on the island of Lesbos, fueled by a few days of strong winds and high temperatures. Is still unknown the origin of fire in Moria, but there are two plausible hypotheses: a short circuit in a precarious electrical installation that has turned on -there are precedents-, or a group of neo-Nazis that has decided to take justice into their own hands, as on some other occasion.