On Wednesday some of the residents of the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos set fire to the facility, apparently because they didn’t want to be quarantined for COVID-19. Conditions were dry, and the entire camp was all but destroyed.
The EU has promised to take responsibility for resettling the 400 puir wee bairns that lived in the camp.
Below are brief clips from three articles about the inferno in the Moria camp. First, from Greek City Times:
Illegal Immigrants Caught on Video Starting Fire in Greece’s Largest Migrant Camp
Although it is well established that illegal immigrants are responsible for starting fires that destroyed the infamous Moria migrant camp on Lesvos island, a video has emerged that catches fire starters in action.
At approximately 2pm local time today, STAR television caught the moment that illegal immigrants deliberately started a fire in Moria camp.
From RMX News:
Video: Fire Engulfs Moria Migrant Camp on the Greek Island of Lesbos
A large fire destroyed the overcrowded Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos in the early hours of Wednesday and its 12,000 occupants have been evacuated.
The camp, originally designed for 2,800 migrants, housed as many as 19,000 in January and 12,600 at the time the fire broke out, According to as yet unconfirmed reports by Greek news agency ANA, several fires broke out in the camp, where last week 35 residents tested positive for coronavirus.
Another from Greek City Times:
Fed Up Moria Locals Block Road to Prevent Reconstruction of Migrant Camp
Residents of Moria have placed their vehicles and other items in the middle of the road to prevent the passage of machinery to the recently burnt down migrant camp that had brought untold vandalism, theft, rape and murder to the once peaceful region on Lesvos island.
|00:01||The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, which houses about|
|00:05||13,000 people, was practically destroyed in a fire started|
|00:09||this early morning after confrontations among the immigrants.|
|00:14||Up to this point there is no information as to victims, but the firefighters have not yet been able|
|00:17||to get to the tents and housing containers. According to the investigations, the fire broke out|
|00:22||after 35 persons who had tested positive for coronavirus|
|00:26||refused to be moved to an isolation center. At that moment confrontations began|
|00:31||among the refugees themselves, and some began to set fires,|
|00:35||both in the enclosed area as well as the olive grove that surrounds the camp,|
|00:39||in which thousands of migrants live. Due to strong winds, the flames|
|00:43||spread rapidly and razed practically everything, especially|
|00:47||the containers and tents. As the flames spread, the camp was completely evacuated,|
|00:52||and now the challenge is to look for lodging for the 13,000 who live there.|
|00:56||The fire occurred a week after the appearance of the first case of Covid-19|
|01:00||at Moria and one day after the health authorities confirmed|
|01:04||that among the 2,000 persons who had contact with the patient,|
|01:08||35 tested positive and had to be isolated.|
|01:11||The European Commission has already announced that it will finance the transfer and lodging|
|01:15||in the mainland part of Greece of the 400 unaccompanied minors|
|01:19||in the refugee camp after the fire this early morning.
Hat tips for the articles: Reader from Chicago.