Greece, Lesbos, 2015. The migrants at Moria Identification Centre are detained by the police. They do not know for how long. The part of the centre where volunteers were distributing relief items today hosts unaccompanied minors. 150 minors in total, all without their families. Babae (16), Zafhari (14) and Asghari (16) just want to get out of Moria, and try to get to Northern Europe. They don't know where yet. But they hope they will get to a place that offers them a better future.
The Moria identification centre, 20 minutes drive north from Mytilini on Lesbos, is a locked centre, surrounded by a high wall and barb wire, and guarded by police. There are around 700 - 800 migrants detained here from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea and many other nationalities other than Syrian. Here, migrants have access to some very basic sanitation facilities while they are waiting for their registration. Police registers refugees, UNHCR/IOM provides information, Metaction assists unaccompanied minors, MDM provides medical services, and volunteers from the Hellenic Red Cross distribute food, hygiene parcels and basic emergency items.
(Photo: Thomas Andre Syvertsen/ IFRC).