Greece is struggling to cope with the increase of migrant arrivals. Some 124,000 people arrived so far this year mostly on the eastern islands closest to Turkey. Authorities are unable to keep pace. On Friday the UN refugee agency warned the country to take control of what it called the ‘total chaos’ on the Mediterranean islands.
No excuse for refugees going hungry on Kos. Local authorities and/or Athens could set up field kitchens in a day if they wanted to
Many of those arriving in rubber dinghies are fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Risking their lives and handing over their savings to people smugglers they are then left stranded on Europe’s mediterranean coastline.
In Kos, one migrant said that it cost him 100 euros per day to stay in a hotel.
A Syrian woman appealed, “I don’t have money, please, help me. I want to go, I don’t want to stay in Greece, I want to go to Europe. I am Syrian. Syrians (have) bigger problems!”
The Mayor of Kos called for immediate assistance, warning that blood will be shed and the situation will get out of hand.
On Monday the EU promised 2.4 billion euros in aid to deal with the migrant crisis. Greece is to receive 473 million.