Moria Camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos, is usually referred to as the worst refugee camp in the world: squalid, overcrowded and now terrified of coronavirus.
So far, the coronavirus hasn’t reached this place. But if, and when, it does, it can discover an inviting breeding floor.
More than 20,000 folks squashed collectively in a camp designed for fewer than 3,000. Sporadic provides of water and electrical energy. Basic hygiene.
There has been little assist from the Greek authorities. Roadblocks have been put in place to attempt to cease the residents getting out of the camp, however treasured little has come in the means of medical provides. Until now.
Because, simply down the street from the camp, positioned subsequent to one in every of the roadblocks, is a breezeblock constructing utilized by a charity known as Team Humanity.
It was arrange to carry provides to the folks residing in the camp – once I visited Lesbos a few weeks in the past, they have been handing out footwear to new arrivals.
Now the group has turned its consideration to making masks. Using a combination of cotton and plastic, a gaggle of 45 volunteers, utilizing 32 stitching machines, are aiming to produce up to 2,000 masks per day.
The design got here off the web – the level was to create one thing that may very well be used, washed in boiling water, after which used once more.
Once they have sufficient for the folks in the camp, they’re aiming to make masks for weak folks throughout the island. These should not official merchandise, however reasonably a cry of desperation was a manufacturing line.
“We felt that nobody was going to help us, so we decided that we had to help ourselves,” says Salam Aldeen, the founding father of Team Humanity.
“We don’t have coronavirus in the camp at the moment but we have seen how it moves from place to place. We couldn’t just sit back and do nothing.”
They have solely a restricted provide of each cotton and plastic backing, and can want extra if they’re to present masks for all the refugees in Moria.
An on-line attraction has additionally been arrange to purchase hand sanitisers as a result of “we cannot rely on water in the camp”.
The prospect of a grim, fast-moving illness arriving in this depressing, packed place is a horrible one.
In the background, the stitching machines whirl, and these home made masks come off the manufacturing line. And no one is aware of what’s going to occur subsequent.