Moria Fires Press Release

September 9, 2020

During the early hours of the night we at Team Kitrinos are deeply saddened about the fires that have ravaged Camp Moria which included our main medical clinic and all its equipment and supplies.

Thankfully, our team is safe. This includes the interpreters who live in the camp and their
families who were evacuated to our volunteer houses. We are relieved that there was no loss of life or personal injury from the fire. The fires started in the “safe zones” for single women and unaccompanied minors as well as isolation units for Covid-19 cases. As humanitarians we do not condone activities that put human life in danger.

What was a humanitarian crisis, has now become a humanitarian disaster. Thousands of
refugees have now lost the very basic homes they lived in and are now on the streets, behind
barricades. Covid-19 is now present amongst camp residents with 35 confirmed cases. The
oldest was a 65 year old man. These positive cases (and their families) are now interspersed
amongst the other refugees. This will surely lead to a rapid spread of the virus amongst the
refugees with catastrophic consequences for the whole island.

Given the urgency we plan to replace equipment and set up a mobile health clinic, using our
ambulance on the ground. We need to act fast. We will also work with known partners on the
ground to provide food and accom
modation to those refugees who volunteer with us and the
vulnerable homeless people.


Dr Siyana Mahroof-Shaffi, Medical Director

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