Refugee crisis in Greece [STORIFY]
August 26, 2015 by The IRC
|Hassan, 5, is one of the many children who have made the dangerous journey from Syria to Greece with their families. They are living in the Kara Tepe refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, waiting for Greek authorities to issue the paperwork they need to travel to mainland Greece, and, eventually, other European countries. Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC|
Updated Sept 1, 2015 —Some 160,000 refugees from countries wracked by conflict, violence and poverty have fled to Greece through Turkey since January, with as many as 2,000 refugees arriving daily on the island of Lesbos. More than 80 percent them have fled Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year; 14 percent are from Afghanistan.
The International Rescue Committee is on the ground working to improve living conditions for refugees sheltering in a makeshift camp near the island's capital.
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