Five refugees dead in Greek camps since last week due to inadequate reception conditions. Several others tried to commit suicide. Does life still matter in Europe?
- On Monday 30th of January a 20-year-old refugee from Pakistan died in Moria Hot Spot.
- On Saturday 28th of January a 46-year-old Syrian passed away in Moria Hot Spot detention centre reportedly from hypothermia. He was staying in the same tent as another man who died only four days ago.
- Meanwhile the same day in Ritsona camp in mainland Greece a two-months-old baby was transferred to hospital in Chalkida due to a cystic fibrosis and later on passed away in the ambulance which was taking it to Athens. While the parents had to deal with tremendous problems in finding help for their sick child since it was born, and were under shock of its sudden death authorities and media chose to accuse them for minor neglect and bring them to the local police station. Read here: Announcement of the solidarity group in Chalkida
- On Wednesday 25th of January a 42-year-old refugee named Benjo Massoud, father of three children, passed away in the overcrowded Hot Spot on Samos Island. According to Greek media the Kurdish refugee from Iraq had visited on Wednesday morning the camp doctor suffering reportedly from pain in the chest. He reported to have Diabetes and blood high pressure. A cardiogram was made and he got referred immediately to the hospital of the island, where he died while waiting to be examined. An employee of the camp said that the refugee had received already some days ago a letter of a doctor asking for heart exams in the hospital of the island. Despite this fact, he remained in his tent with his family the days that was very cold. Few days ago he had found by himself an empty container and settled in it together with his family. When he informed the camp managers, they just registered the transfer to the prefabricated house. The refugee had arrived on December 7th and went through first reception procedures without anyone noticing any heart problem. Already back in October Medicines Sans Frontiers reported the inadequacy of the system to screen new arrivals for vulnerability in the Hot Spots of the Aegean.
- One day before, on Tuesday the 24th, a 21-year-old Egyptian refugee was found dead in his tent by a friend in the Hot Spot in Moria on Lesbos Island. The cause of his death is still unknown. While reportedly his death was caused by the kerosine heaters’ gas he had inhaled while trying to keep himself warm.
- These were not the first refugee deaths of this winter in Moria. At the end of November 2016 a a 60-year-old woman and her 5-year-old grandchild died in a fire inside their tent while the woman was cooking dinner.
Meanwhile the inhuman conditions have led people to try to commit suicide
On Tuesday four suicide attempts took place in the Hot Spot of Samos. A refugee climbed a tree and threatened to hang himself; another visited the camp clinic with many self-injuries all over his body; yet another had swallowed a razor blade and the fourth had swallowed pills. In total seven refugees tried to commit suicide within the last two weeks only in Samos.
Protests in the camps
The day before the death on Samos Island, refugees had protested inside the Hot Spot desperately asking for help and denouncing the severe lack of doctors while there were reportedly many cases of sick people.
The problem on Samos Island in Greece is that too many people have died.
We don’t know why they are not doing anything. We don’t have doctors
and they don’t give us any help.
The water and bread all are expired.
If we don’t eat we have to stay hungry.
We are all together sick.
When I was sick the doctor told me: Come back after 2 months so
I give you an info guide.
My wife also has many problems. But they don’t do anything
and I have 5 children.
Please tell us why?
We don’t know what we should do.
Help please! Help us.