Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Monday called on the Greek authorities to end the detention of immigrants and asylum seekers who have been held in “crowded” settlements for five months because “there has been no justification since then” public health perspective “.
The NGO recalled that when COVID-19 arrived in Greece, more than 30,000 migrants were in the reception centers of the Greek islands, where “living conditions were still appalling” because “they had none” had access to the most necessary medical care Supply or the most basic services. “
In March, the Greek government announced a series of measures to curb the spread of the virus, which have “since then forced all these people, among whom a high percentage of children live, to remain in these overcrowded and disadvantaged places. more essential hygiene measures. “” And what’s worse, “added MSF,” without the ability to escape the dangerous threats that are part of their daily lives. “
“Today, they are locked up in extreme conditions for five months, which leads to a profound deterioration in their health,” warned the NGO. “Movement restrictions for migrants and refugees on site have dramatically affected my patients’ mental health,” said Greg Kavarnos, a psychologist at MSF in Moria.