Volunteers in Greece stand alone amid migrant crisis
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Lesbos is a Greek island several kilometres from the Turkish coastline, and each day, dozens of boats filled with refugees land on its idyllic beaches. The island, a popular tourist destination, is struggling to manage this overwhelming flow of refugees and migrants, many coming from Syria, Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Currently no one has been able to come up with a way to manage the crisis— including the EU, the Greek government and various NGOs. Thus, the thousands of refugees are left to fend for themselves on the island.
These people, many of whom are children or the elderly, have no shelter, food or water and are forced to live in unsanitary conditions. Several local volunteers, including our Observers Eric and Philippa, are trying to help with what little resources they have.
We travelled to Lesbos to meet Eric and Philippa and to witness the ongoing humanitarian disaster.
Migrants in Lesbos: Volunteers stand alone against a humanitarian crisis
Each month, as part of our special Observers Direct programme, our journalist Julien Pain travels to meet one of our Observers. He works with Observers in the field to take you to the very heart of every story.