The Moria Refugee Camp has been called, “The worst refugee camp on earth,” by The BBC News, The Guardian, and countless other news outlets. A camp of around 9,000 people living in a space designed for just 3,100 and an inscrutable and tiresome asylum process has led to a mental health crisis. The reality here is grim, children as young as ten are attempting suicide and ISIS people are said to be terrorizing people in the Moria Refugee Camp. Sexual assaults, knife attack’s and suicide attempts are common.
In 2015, Moria was a transition station of tens of thousands of asylum seekers fleeing war-torn countries and it has not changed since then. The asylum politics have become more tedious. Since the European Union deal with Turkey, a deal aimed at cutting off the route across the Aegean sea for asylum seekers have left thousands stranded and waiting in limbo. Those who are accepted are eventually shipped to the Greek mainland, others must wait and wait.
This transition camp has become so large that make-shift tents have been created outside of the Moria Refugee Camp itself, where there is no drinkable water and electricity. In the current cold month of December, temperatures drop down until 3 degrees Celsius.
The migrants wait for months or sometimes even years to get their blue/black stamp, allowing them to travel to the mainland. After this, the true asylum process begins. The strife and uncertainty in these camps is frightening.