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17 Sep 2018 description

"In all of my years of medical practice, I have never witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions."

17 Sep 2018 description

MSF calls for emergency evacuation of vulnerable people to other EU Member States

Monday, September 17, 2018 — The medical and humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is witnessing an unprecedented health and mental health emergency amongst the men, women and children kept in Moria camp, on Lesvos, Greece. MSF is calling for the emergency evacuation of all vulnerable people, especially children, to safe accommodation on the Greek mainland and within the European Union.

31 Aug 2018 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is today urging the Government of Greece to address the situation in Aegean Sea Reception and Identification Centres (RICs), commonly known as ‘hotspots’.

29 Aug 2018 description

This document provides detailed information on Open Reception Facilities (sites) and Reception & Identification Centers (RICs) in Greece in order to allow for better planning and to address gaps where highlighted.

23 Aug 2018 description

Four weeks on from Greece’s devastating wildfires which claimed 96 lives, survivors are continuing to recover. Red Cross volunteers were part of the search and rescue effort as soon as the blazes broke out in Attica, injuries dozens and damaging hundreds of homes. But the focus now is on making sure people have longer term support as they begin the difficult recovery process. Nurses are carrying out home visits to survivors who are recovering from injuries like burns and breathing problems.

13 Aug 2018 description

2,550 people arrived by sea and 1,500 by land this month. Arrivals this year are double those of 2017.
The Government is increasing accommodation for asylumseekers in camps but the needs surpass these efforts. Island centres remain extremely overcrowded in Lesvos, Chios and Samos where many children, pregnant women and other vulnerable people live in difficult conditions and makeshift shelter.

02 Aug 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Confining Asylum Seekers to Islands Impedes Medical Treatment

(Athens) – Bureaucratic delays and obstruction by Greek authorities have left some asylum-seeking children confined to the Aegean islands without access to necessary medical care.

31 Jul 2018 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 2 million Swiss francs on a preliminary basis to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societis (IFRC) to support the Hellenic Red Cross (HRC) in delivering assistance and support to approximately 7,100 people for nine months, with a focus on the following programmatic areas: health; livelihoods and basic needs; protection, gender and inclusion; disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity enhancement.

27 Jul 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Pregnant Women, Others ‘At-Risk’ Lack Health Care, Support

25 Jul 2018 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time.

The situation

Following the previous update of the disastrous fires that have been raging since 23 July, the latest official figures are as follows:the number of deaths has risen, and the number now stands at 81. Adults injured are 164, of whom 71 remain hospitalised and 10 are intubated. 23 children have required medical care and 11 of them have been hospitalised with minor injuries.

24 Jul 2018 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time.

The situation

18 Jul 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• Between January and June 2018, 50,800 refugees and migrants, including some 11,200 children, arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean. While Italy has recorded an 85 per cent decrease in sea arrivals in 2018 compared to the same period last year, Greece and Spain have seen a spike of 50 and 90 per cent respectively.

18 Jul 2018 description

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 — More than 8,000 men, women and children are trapped on the island of Lesvos, where the situation in Moria refugee camp is descending into chaos. With regular clashes and riots, incidents of sexual violence, and many people’s mental health deteriorating, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls for the vulnerable to be moved out of Moria into secure accommodation.

12 Jul 2018 description

2,400 people arrived by sea and 1,100 by land this month. The shortage of accommodation countrywide has led to overcrowding in some mainland sites while in Lesvos, Chios and Samos, 11,400 live in centres intended for 5,100. Many sleep in makeshift shelter while the high, summer temperatures increased hardship particularly for the vulnerable. Overcrowding and limited services increase protection risks. UNHCR’s top official urged authorities to find accommodation, ease overcrowding, boost services and improve living conditions.

12 Jul 2018 description
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Sea arrivals fell slightly in June to 2,400 compared to 2,900 in May and 3,000 in April. Most were Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian families and mainly arrived on Lesvos.
With limited accommodation on the mainland, some 2,700 people whose geographical restriction had been lifted by authorities remained on the islands.
Conditions deteriorated amid serious overcrowding, particularly in the Moria and Vathy reception centres on Lesvos and Samos

27 Jun 2018 description
report SolidarityNow
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Athens, June 27th, 2018

The recent death of the three-year-old boy, at Thiva’s Open Accommodation Site, is a fact that must signal the danger to all of us and activate the authorities to prevent such tragic events in the future, SolidarityNow states. Moreover, it underlines the need for immediate action to improve people’s living conditions in the site.

SolidarityNow is present in the site with an experienced team providing a wide range of free supporting services; based on the refugees’ needs, we are deeply concerned about the following: