In every crisis, the affected population can be divided into different levels of vulnerability. Women, children, and people with functional difficulties become more visible to the world due to their evident frailties. However, other vulnerable groups can become completely invisible under stringent and inefficient bureaucratic structures.

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An old wall from Moria Refugee Camp. Photolgaphy

This is the case of men with mental health problems, LGBTIQ+ community members, minority religious groups and ethnicities, single young men fighting against adversity, and drug addicts. Ultimately these are people who fall through the cracks and become invisible.

When recognized unaccompanied minors turn 18, they almost immediately fall through the cracks. On the one hand, they literally overnight, lose access to UAM-specific services and programs. On the other hand, as a +18, they are expected to move on to independent integration or semi-independent living programs (whenever these are available) with limited or no sustained support provided to help them understand the change this transition will bring to their lives. …


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A young refugee child living in a tent on the adjacent olive groves of Moria camp, February 2020, Lesvos Photolgaphy

Behind the fences of Moria, we buried our humanity. Thousands of people, young and old, have been forgotten by the world. So often you hear people wish they would have died in the sea rather than live another day in the hell that is called Moria. It doesn’t really matter where you come from, what your story is, how old you are, how fragile or frightened you feel — living behind the fences of Moria, you slowly but steadily lose the ability to care for yourself, both mentally and physically. …

Mytilene, Lesvos, March 3rd, 2020 — The estimated number of Unaccompanied Children (UASC) currently in Greece is 5424 according to EKKA. Of this number, only 1563 live in secure long term accommodation facilities (National Center for Social Solidarity / 15.2.2020).

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Today around 900 unaccompanied children live in Moria camp alone, and 400 currently live in the overcrowded areas for minors inside the camps. Over 500 children have been living for months, in deplorable living conditions in the adjacent olive groves in desperate need of shelter.

Without safe shelter, children sleep on the outskirts of the camp and are exposed to life-threatening dangers, with limited access to medical and legal aid. EU leaders are aware of this situation but instead have chosen to allow a children's’ rights disaster unfold on their home soil, by refusing to take in a few hundred children looking for a safe home. …


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