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Migration Minister visit Kara Tepe camp, “sees” no problems due to icy weather

Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis paid a visit to the hot spot of Kara Tepe on the island of Lesvos at midnight Tuesday. The Minister inspected the living conditions of the approximately 7,000 asylum-seekers in the camp, where icy conditions prevailed, and “issued instructions for their improvement,” state media reported.

“The extraordinary weather conditions have not created any problems. Any problem is dealt with without disturbing the community’s normality,” Mitarakis posted on social media on Wednesday.

Blankets and heating devices had been distributed to Kara Tepe residents in the days ahead of the arrival of the cold front, media reported.

Reaction to Minister’s post came from NGO Doctors Without Borders right away:

The Minister’s extraordinary visit to KaraTepe in the middle of the night took place after ongoing footage posted on social media showed terrible living conditions due to harsh weather.

Support groups have called on local authorities and the Church to provide heated shelter to “2000 refugee children freezing in the cold winter.”

It looks, though, that the Minister visited only the center of the camp and did not bother to inspect also the outskirts of the huge installation right next to the sea.

Not much better is the situation of refugees on the island of Samos where some 700 refugee children are suffering in the cold wind blwoing with intensity of 10 Beaufort, local media reported citing the local UNHCR.

On the island of Chios, the the network of social health centers describes the situation in VIAL camp as “hell.”

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