Concerns over deaths in Greek refugee camp

TMP – 01/03/2017

As harsh winter conditions continue to grip Greece, three migrants have reportedly died in the month of January at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

One of the dead men is thought to be about 20 years old and from Pakistan, a police official on the island said. Another man who shared his tent was critically ill and was taken to hospital, according to a report by Aljazeera (INSERT DATE OF REPORT).

Other deaths include a 22-year-old Egyptian and a 46-year-old Syrian who shared a tent and tragically died days apart. Greek media reported they had inhaled fumes from a heater, but authorities have not confirmed or denied that.

Greece’s Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas has ordered an investigation into the deaths. Steps would be taken “to make the situation more manageable”, he was quoted as saying by Athens News Agency.

More than 3,000 refugees and migrants live in the Moria refugee camp, a former military base. The United Nations Refugee Agency and other international organizations have urged Greece to improve conditions at this camp, as well as other overcrowded facilities.

Across Greece, more than 60,000 refugees and migrants, most of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been stranded since last March, living in either formal or makeshift camps.