Homeless migrants after Greek camp fire

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An Afghan child rests after fires broke out in the Moria migrant camp on Tuesday, September 9. Byron Smith / Getty Images

Updated 2334 GMT (0734 HKT) September 11, 2020

An Afghan child rests after fires broke out in the Moria migrant camp on Tuesday, September 9.

Byron Smith / Getty Images

The Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesvos was left in ruins after massive fires broke out at the site on Tuesday, September 9.

The camp housed around 13,000 people, more than six times its maximum capacity of 2,200 people. It was the largest migrant camp in Europe.

A new camp is being created to accommodate the homeless, according to the Greek authorities. But in the meantime, many people are sleeping on the side of the road, in gas stations and even in a nearby cemetery.

Migrants say they wait hours before going to the toilet and sometimes spend a whole day queuing for food.

“It’s pretty desperate,” said photographer Byron Smith, who has been documenting history since the fires started. “I like to call myself a kind of problem solver, where I get a feel for how things might work in an ideal world. I have no idea how you solve this problem now. “

Army helicopters transported tents and other supplies to the new temporary camp. But Smith said many migrants didn’t know what would happen next.

“They don’t know who to talk to over there,” Smith said Friday. “There seems to be an information gap between the government and the people. It just seems chaotic right now, albeit peaceful at the moment. “

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