7,000 people are trapped in a hotspot that was built for 650. This overcrowded camp is on Samos, a Greek island just 1 kilometer from Turkey. According to the last report of the United Nations Refugee Agency (March 23-29, 2020) the majority of the population on the island are from Syria (37%), Afghanistan (22%) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (12%). Women account for 21% of the population, and children for 30%, of whom almost 7 out of 10 are younger than 12 years old. Approximately 18% of the children are unaccompanied or separated, mainly from Afghanistan and Syria.
Most of the people are forced to live in the jungle that surrounds the camp without facilities such as toilets, showers, water, or electricity. People have died because of snake bites, and the jungle is infested with rats. In the hotspot there is only one doctor for 7,000 people. The hotspot is an unsafe and unhealthy place, especially for children.
- Greece’s refugee plan is inhumane and doomed to fail. The EU must step in (The Guardian, February 16, 2020)
- On a Greek island that welcomed migrants, residents and refugees feel abandoned (The New Yorker, June 13, 2019)