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Catastrophic conditions in the Kara Tepe refugee camp on Lesbos

Updated December 26, 2020, 3:26 p.m.

  • Around 7,500 people are currently stuck in the Greek refugee camp Kara Tepe.
  • Aid organizations speak of worse conditions than before in Moria.
  • In a Christmas roll call, members of the Bundestag from five parliamentary groups demand that Germany accelerate the admission of refugees.

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There shouldn’t be a second Moria. That said EU Interior Commissioner Ylva Johansson in September before the European Parliament. Before that was notorious Moria refugee camp burned down on the Greek island of Lesbos. Around 13,000 people were left homeless as a result.

Several aid organizations are now beating because of the situation in Alternative camp Kara Tepe Alarm. The conditions for the residents are said to be even worse there than in Moria. “For the campers, Christmas means that first and foremost Wet and cold the living conditions continue to deteriorate “, shares Caritas International With. The most important questions and answers on the topic at a glance:

How many people are there in Greek refugee camps?

In Black Hill are currently around 7500 people. The location on Lesbos is particularly in focus, but around 7,700 people currently live in other arrival centers on the islands of Chios, Kos, Samos and Leros.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) assumes that around 19,500 asylum seekers on the Greek islands hold up. The two largest groups make up people Afghanistan (46 percent) and Syria (18 percent) out. According to the UNHCR, 48 percent of the refugees there are women and children.

How is the current situation in Kara Tepe?

“At Moria, they always said: It couldn’t be worse. Kara Tepe is clearly the improvement,” said journalist Isabel Schayani in WDR. On Twitter, she also published the latest video recordings from Kara Tepe, where people have to live in tents that are under water.

“The Food and water supplies are not guaranteedt, there is a lack of showers and toilets “, reports Caritas International. The people are At the mercy of storms and rain, temperatures of six degrees are expected at Christmas. There have been several floods in the past few months.

The German Development Aid Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) said in a conversation with the “Passauer Neue Presse” that babies were in the wet tents vbitten by rats been. The Showcase warehouse PIKPA, where previously somewhat humanitarian conditions prevailed, is from the Greek authorities closed in September to become.

The mood among the people in the camps is also high tense to dangerous. The aid organization SOS Children’s Villages reported a particularly terrifying event last week: According to this, a three-year-old victim of rape is said to have been. The child was found bleeding and unconscious in a washroom.

Could people leave the camps on their own?

“The bad thing about the situation is this lack of perspective“says about it Günter Burkhardt, Managing director of Human rights organization Pro Asyl in conversation with our editorial team. “The Greek government locks people up on the islands because it relies entirely on deterrence.

The goal is that Deportation to Turkey – without a regular asylum procedure, without examining the reasons for fleeing. “A return to Turkey is not an option, especially for people from Afghanistan.” In Turkey there are no prospects for Afghan asylum seekers, “said Burkhardt.” If they were brought there, one would accept that they would continue to be deported. “

How is politics reacting to the situation?

The German federal government relies on one EU-wide distribution of refugees. The Greek government is also insisting on the help of the other member states. The willingness to take in refugees is not only low among the governments of Eastern European countries and Austria.

“The German government points to an EU-wide solution. But that is waiting for the never-ending day because it is in the current political situation so there won’t be a solution“, criticized Pro-Asylum manager Günter Burkhardt.

In the past week around signed 250 members of the Bundestag of the CDU, SPD, FDP, Left and Greens one common Christmas roll call. In it they call on the federal government to accelerate the admission of refugees to Germany.

This requirement also follows Pro Asylum to: “The Federal Ministry of the Interior must take the appeal of the Bundestag members seriously and organize admission in Germany,” said Günter Burkhardt. “The Capacities are available – There are offers from around 200 municipalities who want to take in refugees. “

How many people have been brought to Germany from the Greek islands so far?

The federal government announced in September that 1553 people to bring from Greece to Germany. There are 408 families who have already successfully passed an asylum procedure in Greece. beginning of December were not until 149 of the promised 1,553 people arrived in Germany.

This resulted in a response from the federal government to a request from the Green parliamentary group. Accordingly, they were residents of the camps on Chios, Kos, Leros and Samos. The admission from Lesbos was successful “for operational reasons” only in the next step, according to the federal government.

There are also 150 unaccompanied minors: Germany had agreed with France, Finland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Croatia, Portugal, Belgium and Switzerland to accept a total of 1537 young people from the islands. All 150 underage refugees are now in Germany, according to the federal government arrived.

Sources used:

  • Conversation with Günter Burkhardt, Managing Director Pro Asyl
  • German Press Agency (dpa)
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Homeland: Answer to the small question from MPs Luise Amtsberg et al. And the Alliance 90 / THE GREEN parliamentary group: Admission of refugees from Greece to Germany
  • Caritas International: Greece: Emergency aid for refugees on Lesbos
  • SOS Children’s Villages: Lesbos: Three-year-olds allegedly raped in a refugee camp
  • UNHCR: Aegean Islands Week Snapshot 7 – 13 December 2020
  • WDR current hour on Twitter
  • Christmas roll call for a humanitarian reception of refugees from the Greek islands

Joko & Klaas have once again earned airtime from ProSieben. The two entertainers give these to a refugee who reports on the terrible circumstances in the camp in Moria. © ProSiebenSat.1

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