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Refugees start awareness team and sewing team to cope with the outbreak of COVID 19 within the refugee camp

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Some residents of the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesvos created an awareness team in response to the increased sense of urgency about hygiene and handwashing, to help the 20,000 inhabitants of the camp during the COVID19 epidemic.

“The conditions were out of control and so we knew that we needed to do something by ourselves,” said Deen Mohammad Alizadah, 30, originally from Afghanistan. The awareness team is diverse, it includes refugees from Syria, Afghanistan Eritrea and the Congo region. Megaphones are being distributed to help spread the word about the importance of hygiene and washing.

Moreover, due to the shortage of face masks on the island, four Afghan women volunteered to sew face masks for the camp’s population. The Greek NGO Stand By Me Lesvos, is providing sewing machines that were used for a previous project. “It was set up within six hours on Friday,” said Mixalis Avialotis from Stand By Me Lesvos. “One of the Afghan women used to be a tailor in Kabul and said she’d have no problem managing the operation.”

In the first day, the women made approximately 500 masks. Materials are bought from local shops on the island. Initially, masks were only distributed for free to camp’s residents who start to feel unwell or exhibit some symptoms. Once worn, the masks will be boiled and sterilised so that, if necessary, they can be reused.

Adapted from: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/18/the-greek-ref...

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Refugee from the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesvos create an awareness team and a sewing team to fight the outbreak of COVID19 among the camp’s residents.

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