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As Winter Looms, Palestinians from Syria in Greece Stuck in Ramshackle Tents

Published : 31-10-2019

As Winter Looms, Palestinians from Syria in Greece Stuck in Ramshackle Tents

As a freezing winter season is around the corner, thousands of migrants, including Palestinian refugees from Syria, continue to struggle with terrible conditions, in overcrowded and ramshackle tents and containers on Greek islands.

According to witnesses, thousands of people are crammed into overpopulated and desperately under-resourced facilities in hotspots on Greek islands. Thousands, including children, elderly people, single women, and female heads of households are being forced to live in unequipped tents, sleeping on the ground, as the weather worsens. Some women are forced to share tents with other foreigners, putting their privacy and safety at risk. 

Displaced Palestinian families in Greece-based refugee camps continue to voice deep concern over their fate with the advent of winter, denouncing the absence of vital services, including health care, housing, relief assistance, and power and water.

In recent years, Greek refugee camps have reportedly been running at three times their capacity. Overpopulated refugee camps cause a shortage of resources, not least healthcare.

Last month, UNICEF warned that the number of unaccompanied migrant minors staying in overcrowded reception centers on the Greek islands exceeds 1,100, the highest level since the peak of the refugee crisis in early 2016, calling on European countries to do more to protect vulnerable children.

Palestinian refugees from Syria continue to risk their lives onboard the “death boats” to Greece, rummaging around for a momentary respite from the daily scenes of bloodshed and destruction.

AGPS has kept record of the death of dozens of refugees onboard Greece-bound ships. Several others have been arrested by Turkish coast guards.

Activists estimate that around 4,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria are taking cover on such Greek islands as Lesbos, Mytilene, Chios, Leros, and Kos, among other areas.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9294

As a freezing winter season is around the corner, thousands of migrants, including Palestinian refugees from Syria, continue to struggle with terrible conditions, in overcrowded and ramshackle tents and containers on Greek islands.

According to witnesses, thousands of people are crammed into overpopulated and desperately under-resourced facilities in hotspots on Greek islands. Thousands, including children, elderly people, single women, and female heads of households are being forced to live in unequipped tents, sleeping on the ground, as the weather worsens. Some women are forced to share tents with other foreigners, putting their privacy and safety at risk. 

Displaced Palestinian families in Greece-based refugee camps continue to voice deep concern over their fate with the advent of winter, denouncing the absence of vital services, including health care, housing, relief assistance, and power and water.

In recent years, Greek refugee camps have reportedly been running at three times their capacity. Overpopulated refugee camps cause a shortage of resources, not least healthcare.

Last month, UNICEF warned that the number of unaccompanied migrant minors staying in overcrowded reception centers on the Greek islands exceeds 1,100, the highest level since the peak of the refugee crisis in early 2016, calling on European countries to do more to protect vulnerable children.

Palestinian refugees from Syria continue to risk their lives onboard the “death boats” to Greece, rummaging around for a momentary respite from the daily scenes of bloodshed and destruction.

AGPS has kept record of the death of dozens of refugees onboard Greece-bound ships. Several others have been arrested by Turkish coast guards.

Activists estimate that around 4,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria are taking cover on such Greek islands as Lesbos, Mytilene, Chios, Leros, and Kos, among other areas.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9294