Fire brigades raced back and forth across the Greek hills to weave new fires, weaving between families living on the surrounding roads and olive groves.
The smell of burnt plastic and smoke from the air. The voices of screaming people and crying children come from all sides.
Thousands of people are caught in the middle of a smoldering camp to which they cannot return, and police lines that do not allow them to enter the nearby city of Mytilene.
Confusion continues on these roads around the camp. People wonder why the fire broke out, how long they would have to stay on the streets and what would happen next.
“We’re here and we don’t know anything,” 29-year-old Ahmed Ahmad, who told Al Jazeera, a refugee seeker in Afghanistan. “We’ll just have to wait here for some people to help.”
Saadia was sleeping in a container with his wife and three young children when the fire broke out early Wednesday.
They heard people screaming about the fire, but at first, when they tried to escape, they were stopped by the police from throwing tear gas. As the flames progressed, he was able to run on the streets.
Greek Government Is said The fire was initiated by refugees as a response to the continued release of coronovirus lockdowns and trials.
The Moria refugee camp was under extended lockdown since March. Last week, after 35 residents tested positive for COVID-19, it was put into an even more strict lockdown.
In a statement on Wednesday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said: “I recognize the difficult circumstances. However, nothing can become a pretext for violent reactions to health screenings. And, more so for riots of this magnitude.”
28-year-old Pamela Kanda, a refugee seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo, cannot understand why she is stuck on the road between the camp and the city, and why she is not allowed to leave food or diapers for two-year-old children.
He said, “They don’t want anyone to pass.” “They don’t tell us anything.”
Her phone battery is out, she has nowhere to charge, and so she has no source of information from the outside world. He does not know what will happen next.
Near the same olive shred, 16-year-old Tamadur El Bario’s family also lacks access to food and water. sShe picks up a baby cousin to bite the bug on her cousin’s neck and show a thick white mark from the bomb in Syria. They are running out of formula.
“Where to help organizations? No food, nothing? Why?” He asked. “Nobody came to help. We will die, we will stay on the road, it is not a problem for them.”
Between heat and hunger, concerns about coronovirus looms are large.
Of the 35 residents of the Moria camp who were diagnosed with the disease, only eight are located and abandoned.
Here, people are unable to make a distance socially, and do not have access to running water or sanitation products.
So far, some viable solutions have been proposed For the 13,000 inhabitants of East Moria.
The Minister of Migration, Notice Mitrakis, said that some 3,500 asylum seekers would be accommodated in a commercial passenger ship and two naval barrages, and the rest would be provided with tents in various areas on the island.
By Friday afternoon, people were moved from the road next to the former camp to an area next to an area, where new tents were being installed.
He refused to leave the crowd on the side of the road to find that they could be sent to the next location, who were asked to move to the tent area.
For a long time, Mitrakis has been firm that the government will move forward with the planned construction of a closed detention center on the island – a move residents and aid organizations have protested for months.
“We really condemn any move for such a closed setting,” said Christina Sara, general director of Doctors Without Borders (known by its French Initials MSF) in Greece.
“We reached this point because of this approach to closing the camp. They can’t build from ashes, the same thing that hurts so much.”
Many refugees in Lesbos had never heard of plans to build a closed camp.
“I don’t know what the government will decide,” said Mohammad Zaheer, 42, a refugee from Afghanistan.
“Will they be able to recreate Moriya or not? Where will we be?”
Zaheer has been without food and water for more than two days.
But for now, her future concerns more than her hunger: “Food is not important to us, the future is important to us,” he said, pointing to his son next to him. “The future of children is important to us.”