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A Refugee Family in Greece Loses Everything as a Camp Burns Again

Expand Mariam, an Afghan asylum seeker and her children in their tent in the Moria hotspot on the Greek island of Lesbos, on December 4, 2017. © Eva Cosse/Human Rights Watch Mariam’s home burned down last night. It was just a thin tent, big enough for two, the kind you would take on a summer camping trip. But it accommodated an Afghan family of four – Mariam and her husband, their 8-year-old daughter and their baby boy. All around was the chaos of Moria camp, the overcrowded “hotspot” on the Greek island of Lesbos where nearly 5,500 asylum seeking women, men, and children have been crammed.…

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