Inhumane living and hygiene conditions in detention facilities in the Evros region in Greece are causing major health problems for migrants and asylum seekers living there, according to a report issued today by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Medical data collected by MSF reveal that more than 60 percent of the migrants’ medical conditions are directly caused by or linked to the degrading conditions. Out of the 1,809 patients treated by MSF doctors between December 2010 and March 2011, 1,147 were diagnosed with respiratory tract infections, body pains, diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders, psychological conditions, and skin diseases. Full press release.
No human being should be subjected to such treatment. Every day we are seeing people who are obliged to stay for weeks or even for months in extremely overcrowded and squalid cells, without the right to go out in the yard. There are so many people detained that they don’t have the space to even lie down in the cells, while the heating often does not work, leaving migrants freezing in sub-zero temperatures.
…other people live on the border between Iran and Turkey, they get migrants and keep them there. They say, “Give me a number from any country.” So when they give the number they call their families saying “Put that much money into this bank account.” This is happening with everybody. If they dont’ get the money they cut fingers, they cut noses, they cut ears.