Kara Tepe camp, Lesvos, Greece, October 2020.
Ferah Noz is a 14-year-old girl living in a Red Cross tent in Kara Tepe. Her dream is to leave Kara Tepe with her family and continue going to school.
On 8 September, a devastating fire ripped through the Reception and Identification Centre in Moria, on the island of Lesvos, as migrants and refugees remained in COVID-19 lockdown. The camp was at more than four times its capacity and the fire all but destroyed it, prompting close to 13,000 refugees who had been living there to flee. Greek authorities are setting up a new temporary camp for migrants and refugees near the islands other large camp, Kara Tepe.
Hellenic Red Cross has sent a disaster response team to Lesvos to carry out a needs assessment and to support the small team in the Lesvos branch in responding to this humanitarian catastrophe. A Mobile Health Unit with 5 nurses and a first aid station was set up at Kara Tepe camp to provide medical assistance to refugees and migrants. Several teams of Samaritans have been deployed to assist with first aid, relief distributions, erection of tents and general relief operations.