Moria refugees camp in Lesbos.

KARA TEPE CAMP, MORIA. 

Improvised camp in Moria, where thousands of refugees from countries in war are arriving from the north of the island.

Depending on the boats coming every day from Turkey, Kara Tepe camp houses an average of 1,000 to 2,000 mainly Syrian refugees. The stay in this transit camp is supposed to last until 2 or 3 days.

Other people come from: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and some from Eritrea.

The distribution of food remains totally inadequate. Some refugees have no access to subsistence and have to provide themselves with food . The poorest refugees or those who have lost their money during the journey rely entirely on the local help offered. The situation is getting worse. Lot of the refugees have no tents, some have no shoes/clothes. There is not enough food and no soap. People have to stay here longer as there are no seats free on the ferry and some have waited for 7 days for papers.  

Despite the goodwill and considerable help of volunteers, and also some refugees, hygiene conditions remain catastrophic. International rescue comity contracted with a local cleaning company that dispatches 5 workers in the camp six days a week. Unfortunately, it has to be said that only the left side of the camp (from direction Mytilini-Moria) is regularly cleaned. The right side is filled with garbage bags, and trash bags sliced, rats have taken up residence.

The cold and humidity arrive with the next winter, if the camp has not been adapted before; it will probably become the cradle of infectious and viral diseases.

Some refugees are very tired and weak when they arrive in the camp, because they haven’t take the buses provided by UNHCR or MSF and walked about 6 km (distance between the port police station where refugees are registered and the camp of Kara Tepe, where they will stay until they get their document authorizing them to travel freely in Greece). 

Refugees complain about the lack of working lampposts at night, also wild electrical sampling points have already caused fires (quickly circumscribed). Some of the refugees say they feel not safe, many testimonies (in July) related on police violence in the camp.  

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September21,2015. Hundreds of refugees’ families wait for a ticket of food.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015. The Moria reception center is funded by the Greek government and the EU, but with 2,000 refugees still arriving on the island each day, local NGOs and charities are badly needed.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Hundreds of refugees  families wait for a ticket of food. Greece,  on  September  21,  2015.

The `official´camp for refugees on Lesbos is called Moria, and it is still acting as a registration centre.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015. An Afghan woman who flees of his country with his family.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on  September  21,  2015. An Iranian girl.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015. An Iranian’s family under a few canvases.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Moria a former detention centre, is the only official refugee camp on the island, Greece, on September 21, 2015. A family of Afghanistan lodged under a few ruins.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. A girl sleeping after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria.  Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September, 2015. A girl preparing tea.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015. Two children drawing.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015. The family section, a maze of makeshift tent, is littered with garbage from the tide of refugees that arrive and depart almost daily.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015. Hundreds of refugees  families wait for a ticket of food.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015. Housed in a former military based, the Moria first reception centre has two sections.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria.  Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September 21, 2015.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. The refugees have no desire to stay in Lesbos. They still have another three kilometres to get to the port in Mytilene, Lesbos’s capital, the gateway to Athens and the rest of Europe / Greece, on September, 2015.

Kara Tepe Camp, Moria. Migrants after arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece, on September, 2015. Moria a former detention centre, is the only official refugee camp on the island.


Refugees arrive from Turkey to Molyvos.

Over half a million migrants have crossed the European Union’s border so far this year, up from 280,000 in 2014, the bloc’s Frontex border agency said on September 15, 2015 — but warned some people may have been counted twice.  Thousands of refugees arrivals fleeing conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A girl about five years old died and at least 13 undocumented refugees and migrants were missing on Saturday after a boat transferring dozens of people from Turkey to Greece overturned off Lesbos island, Greek Coast Guard said.  

The distance between Molyvos and the capital of Lesbos, Mytilene is 65 Kilometres and many of the refugees decide to come walking towards Mytilene’s port. 

Eftalou. Refugees  arrival from Turkey to Molyvos’s Greek island. Families of refugees newcomers to the Greek island of Lesbos from Turkey crowd opposite to the bus that will take Molyvos to them / Greece, on September 20, 2015.

Molyvos Port. Here in Molyvos, many migrants take their first steps into European soil / Greece, on September 20, 2015.

Eftalou. Refugees  arrival from Turkey to Lesbos’s Greek island / A refugee arrive to Eftalou beach,  Greece, on September , 2015.

Eftalou. Refugees arrival from Turkey to Molyvos’s Greek island.  A Sirian refugee takes a shower in the Greek island of Lesbos, on September 20, 2015.

Refugees in Molyvos. Migrants both day and night, waiting to board the few buses for Mytilene, where they’ll be registered and shipped to Athens / Greece, on September, 2015.

Eftalou. Refugees  arrival from Turkey to Lesbos’s Greek island / A syrian girl in Eftalou beach, Greece, on September , 2015.

Refugees in Molyvos

Eftalou. Refugees  arrival from Turkey to Lesbos’s Greek island / A Syrian child is helped by several members of the NGO, “Help for Refugees”, in Molyvos Island,  Greece, on September , 2015.

Eftalou. Refugees  arrival from Turkey to Molyvos’s Greek island. Families of refugees newcomers to the Greek island of Lesbos from Turkey crowd opposite to the bus that will take Molyvos to them / Greece, on September 20, 2015.

Eftalou. Refugees arrival from Turkey to Molyvos’s Greek island. Families of refugees newcomers to the Greek island of Lesbos from Turkey crowd opposite to the bus that will take Molyvos to them / Greece, on September 20, 2015.

Eftalou. Refugees arrival from Turkey to Lesbos’s Greek island / A refugee familie arrive to Eftalou beach, Greece, on September , 2015.

Migrants both day and night, waiting to board the few buses for Mytilene, where they’ll be registered and shipped to Athens / Greece, on September, 2015.

Eftalou. Syrian refugees come to the Greek island of Lesbos, from Turkey across the Aegean Sea. With so few buses avalaible, some migrants resort to riding illegaly in taxis or privately owned cars / September 20, 2015.


Rickshaw

PEDALING FOR BREAD

/ New Delhi, India.

A significant number of migrant workers in Delhi, Indian´s capital, depend on cycle rickshaw pulling to support their families back in their village.

Many of these migrants workers take up rickshaw pulling as a quick way to earn some money while they are in the city.

Thousand of male migrants workers join the cycle richshaw industry as pullers, mechanics of workers in various ancillary units that support the cycle rickshaw industry.

About 90% of Delhi´s rickshaw pullers come from the state inmediately east of Delhi ( Uttar Pradesh ) and the state inmediately east of that ( Bihar ).

Most rickshaw puller in Delhi are seasonal migrants who take up rickshaw pulling for few months and return to their native villages during the peak agricultural season.

The non-polluting and environment - friendly cycle rickshaw, as one of the cheapest modest of intra- city transport, plays a pivotal role in providing point to point connectivity, helping people reach nearby markets, railway stations, and bus terminals, and allowing them to commute short distances in narrow lanes where cars and auto rickshaws cannot easily travel.

In Delhi, the cycle rickshaw has gradually emerged as an indispensable mode of public transport and the cheapest way to commute short distances.

Rickshaw pullers, due to their status as seasonal migrants, do not receive basic social security in urban areas.

A rickshaw puller earns between 150 to 300 rupees per day. The average monthly income of a rickshaw puller is between 1200 to 4500 rupees.

Most rickshaw pullers cannot afford and accommodation in Delhi as the rents are quite high in most parts of the city. Many rickshaw pullers sleep on the pavements and the footpaths, under flyovers and brigdes.

Source ; Ritimo. Initiatives pour un monde solidaire.

2009 New Delhi / India.

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