Photographer: Aggelos Barai
Title: “Moria Camp: Survivors”
Location: Lesbos, Greece
Period: 09/2020 - 09/2020
Category: Spot News

The Moria migrant camp, on the Greek island of Lesvos, was left in ruins after massive fires broke out at the site on Tuesday, September 8. The camp was the largest refugee camp in Europe and hosted an estimated 13,000 people. This was six times more than its maximum capacity of 3,000 people. The fire left a great number of people sleeping on the street, and in cases even at gas stations and a cemetery. Police were present and blocked the entry to the main city of Mytilene in order to avoid conflicts between refugees and locals as well as a way to secure locals from possible Covid-19 transmissions. My focus was on the aftermath of the fire, and how all these people tried to adapt in the new circumstances in these few days between destruction and freedom.



General view of Moria refugee camp after the fire

A family of asylum seekers stands on a hill next to the policemen are watching people protesting against the construction of a replacement camp

An Afghan man builds shelter with stubble

A woman with her children sitting on the side of the road near Moria refugee camp

A man from Afghanistan refreshes himself

A man walks among the remains of Moria camp

Refugees protesting against the construction of a replacement camp

Asylum seekers sit at the shore near the city of Mytilene

Children and young men from the destroyed Moria refugee camp dive to the sea from a platform

Refugees left on the street after fire destroys Moria refugee camp

Two men standing in the debris of Moria refugee camp

Refugees left on the street after fire destroys Moria refugee camp