It's just another day

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September 2018: An asylum seeker passing by the makeshift tents in Olive Grove, an informal extension of camp Moria, Lesvos, Greece.
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Moria camp, in Lesbos, has a maximum capacity of 3,100 people, but is bursting at the seams, with over 9,000 people. A third of them are children, living in appalling conditions, which are contributing to a considerable deterioration of their physical and mental health.
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"The appalling living conditions and the exposure to constant violence, the lack of freedom and rights accorded to migrants, the severe deterioration of health and mental health, and the everyday stress and pressure placed on all inhabitants of the island, has caused Lesbos to resemble an old-fashioned mental asylum, not seen in parts of Europe since the mid-20th century."
excerpt from an open letter from MSF clinical psychiatrist Dr Alessandro Barberio, Moria camp, Lesbos, Greece, September 2018
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A group of Afghani children playing in the hills surrounding Camp Moria, Lesvos, Greece.
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"Empty space usually used for mental health consultation: usually full of emotions, sadness, grief and despair... It's very common people are more comfortable speaking there instead of indoor."
Giovanna Bonvini , Mental Health activity manager, MSF Greece
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A group of young "single men" resting after lunch just outside their tent in Olive Grove, Lesvos, Greece, September 2018.
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MSF has been working outside of Moria camp focusing on paediatric care, mental health for minors, and sexual and reproductive health since late 2017. MSF also runs a mental health clinic in Mytilene since October 2016.
They have also provided few sources of drinkable water, installed bathrooms, showers and solar panels for generating electricity.
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A makeshift tent in Olive Grove, the informal extension of Camp Moria, Lesvos, Greece, September 2018.
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People will continue to flee war and terror in order to survive.
Samie (19, left) and Hlil (19, middle) know each others since they were children; Ahmed (22, right) is alone, now that his brother has been deported from Turkey back to Syria. He's sure he'll never see him again.
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"Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are witnessing an unprecedented health and mental health emergency amongst the men, women and especially children kept in Moria refugee camp, on Lesbos, Greece. MSF is calling for the emergency evacuation of all vulnerable people, especially children, to safe accommodation on the Greek mainland and within the European Union."
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Namatullah shows a selfie he took while waiting in the food line, Moria camp, Lesvos, Greece.
People can wait also for ten hours there, and it's a pretty common place for fights as people get exasperated.
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The food line in Moria camp, Lesvos, Greece, September 2018.
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A man counting coins before buying some food at a stall set up between Olive Grove and Moria Camp, Lesvos, Greece, September 2018.
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"I have never witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions, as I am witnessing now amongst refugees on the island of Lesbos."
MSF clinical psychiatrist Dr Alessandro Barberio, having a break, Lesbos, Greece
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Many of the people in the camp, usually spend their time in the city, often going fishing: it's a way to spend time and to avoid the food line awaiting.
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A group of young men from Afghanistan resting in the surroundings of Camp Moria, Lesvos, Greece, September 2018.
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"In the past four weeks, we have received an increase in the number of minors suffering from intense panic attacks, suicidal ideations and suicide attempts."
DR Alessandro Barberio, MSF psychiatrist at Mytilene Clinic
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"Two years ago, the European Union and its member States decided to historically fail thousands of people and to compromise the very concept of asylum by agreeing to return to Turkey asylum seekers seeking safety in Europe.
Since then, an endless stream of misery and desperation from the thousands of men, women and children who continue to arrive on Greek shores and are trapped on the Greek islands. Itís them who pay the real cost of this dirty deal: it seems deliberately intended to produce suffering for those who cross the sea, with the idea that this will deter others from undertaking the crossing. Not only is it cruel but it just doesnít work."
Louise Roland Gosselin, MSF Head of Mission Greece
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Situated on the waterfront of Epano Skala, near the Old Harbor, the statue of the Asia Minor Mother was erected to honour hardship and bravery. The statue depicts a mother holding a baby, with a young girl and boy clutching her legs, all embracing in solidarity. They represent the women and children who came from Asia Minor (Turkey) to Lesvos in 1922, in order to start a new life after the Greek-Turkish War of 1919-1922.
So weird.
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