In the devastating fire in Moria, more than 12,000 people, including 4,000 children, have lost everything – again! Among those affected are also over 400 unaccompanied children, pregnant women and elderly people.
The UNHCR has immediately deployed its staff* on the spot and provided more than 50 containers for the most vulnerable people and families to be supplied – in addition, thousands of tents, blankets, sleeping bags, mattresses, water containers, plastic sheeting and hygiene products for 12,000 homeless people. UNHCR supported the emergency supply to the island with 6,000 packages of long-life food. The helpers were and still are in continuous operation and thus make a substantial contribution to alleviating the need.
"Europe-wide expressions of solidarity for the people on the ground must be followed by action. The UNHCR has been criticizing the catastrophic conditions in the camps on Lesvos for months and has pointed out the inhuman conditions in which people have to endure. The people on Lesvos need immediate help now, because further nights and days without shelter, without perspective are threatening", says our managing director, Peter Ruhenstroth-Bauer.
The situation will not change in the short term and even if the topic is slowly disappearing from the news, the people on the ground still urgently need support.
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