Authors: Chantal Da Silva and Janice Dickson
Date of Publication: November 22, 2018
Title: Refugees with Heart Conditions, Diabetes Are Being Denied Medication, Told to ‘Drink Water’ Instead
Short summary: The story describes the living conditions of thousands of refugees at Greece’s biggest refugee camp, Moria. Based on the island of Lesbos, known locally as Lesvos, the overcrowded Moria refugee camp—as well as the unofficial overflow site set up outside its grounds known as the Olive Grove, where hundreds of refugees and migrants, including many families with small children, are living in makeshift tents—has been widely condemned over unsafe and dangerous conditions. Yet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), estimated that around 6,000 refugees and migrants are currently living there, nearly three times the number of people the camp was designed to hold. And despite many arriving at the camp with serious medical conditions, physical injuries and mental health issues, medical care is virtually nonexistent.
Authors Chantal Da Silva and Janice Dickson won a Migration Media Award in with their article Migrant Women Help Female Refugees Build New Lives in Athens
Link to original publicationRefugees With Heart Conditions, Diabetes Are Being Denied Medication, Told to ‘Drink Water’ Instead