Target: President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker
Goal: Provide adequate heating and clothing to refugees living in camps on Lesbos and other Greek islands.
Three refugees living at the Moria Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos have died, allegedly due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The source of the poisoning: improvised heaters used to stave off the cold in tents that lack proper insulation. These are the latest in a series of deaths and suicides that nonprofits, refugees, and human rights groups attribute to the poor conditions in the camp. Residents have been reporting inadequate clothing, heating, and food for several months, but conditions have worsened considerably this winter in the face of rain, snow, high winds, and freezing temperatures.
Most of the refugees living in camps such as Moria came with the hope of settling in northern and western European nations rather than Greece. This makes the support of these refugees a responsibility for entire European Union, rather than just the Greek government. If refugees are to be detained in refugee camps pending their applications for asylum or transfer to another country, the European Union must ensure that conditions in the camps are humane. Sign our petition and call for adequate heating and clothing in all refugee camps on the Greek islands.
Dear President Juncker,
I was shocked to hear reports that three men died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the Moria Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, while reportedly attempting to heat their tent. These deaths highlight the lack the infrastructure and proper safety measures in refugee camps, particularly during the harsh winter months. Given that the camps have been secured for the express purpose of housing refugees until they are transferred to Turkey, I believe it is the E.U.’s responsibility to ensure these camps are safe for human habitation.
Considering the freezing temperatures, snow, rain, and high winds hitting the Greek islands in recent weeks, residents of these camps require access to appropriate clothing and safe heating equipment. Furthermore, given the psychological impact of the conditions at these camps, as well as widespread trauma due to events in home countries and the trip to Europe, the camps are in dire need of additional resources for mental health support. I urge you to consider the safety and well-being of refugees on the Greek Islands, and direct necessary resources to maintain these camps.
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