Thousands of refugees homeless after fire destroys Moria Camp
Thousands of refugees have been made homeless after a fire engulfed Moria, a notoriously overcrowded refugee camp on Greece’s Lesbos island, where about 13,000 people had been living in a space designed for just under 3,000.
The origin of the fire, which started inside the camp late on Tuesday night and began to spread quickly through the densely packed hillside, remains unclear.
Considerable areas of the sprawling site were burned to cinders, with reports from officials that about 70 percent of containers and tents had been destroyed.
“The situation is unbearable and difficult for us, at the moment we are currently homeless on the roads,” Mohammad Hanif Joya, a 35-year-old Afghan, told Al Jazeera by phone as he sat on a road with his family, including four children.
“We saved only the children and ourselves,” he said. “All our clothes and belongings were burned in the fire.”
Joya said they had no food and water.
“Moria is all burned,” he said. “Everyone is on the road under the scorching sun.”
He added that a peaceful demonstration was planned for this afternoon.
Camp residents fled after the fire broke out, grabbing any belongings they could.
Many, like Afghan Omid Alizada, left with nothing.
Sitting on the side of a road between Moria and the main town of Mytilene with thousands of others from the camp, he said: “We left with nothing, only the clothes on our body. Thousands of people rescued their lives from this huge fire, they are wandering in the streets and left the camp to go to Mytilene.”