Mytilene - Part Two: Kara Tepe and Moria

Chris Gioran bio photo By Chris Gioran

Kara Tepe, December 27th, 2015

A young refugee waiting in line for the afternoon tea, served by VCA volunteers. Mytilene, Kara Tepe camp, 27/12/2015.

A VCA volunteer serving the afternoon tea. Mytilene, Kara Tepe camp, 27/12/2015.

A VCA volunteer in cleaning gear after cleaning out one of the tents in preparation for accepting new tenants. Mytilene, Kara Tepe camp, 27/12/2015.

A Christmas decoration on a fence. The Kara Tepe location was described to me as "an open hospitality location for refugees and migrants" and every volunteer and worker there was filling that role. Mytilene, Kara Tepe camp, 27/12/2015.

A makeshift map created by VCA volunteers, to help give directions to camp tenants when an interpreter was not available. Mytilene, Kara Tepe camp, 27/12/2015.

If an interpreter is not readily available, VCA volunteers used this reference for the most useful phrases in Arabic. Mytilene, Kara Tepe camp, 27/12/2015.

Moria, December 28th and 29th, 2015

The Moria camp had no provisions, apart from UNHCR blankets, for helping people keep warm during the night. In the absence of firewood, refugees were burning anything available, mostly cardboard and plastic. Mytilene, Moria camp, 29/12/2015.

A family keeping warm around a fire. Mytilene, Moria camp, 29/12/2015.

A refugee burning a plastic crate in an effort to keep warm during the cold, humid night. Mytilene, Moria camp, 29/12/2015.

A translated message from a young migrant on a noticeboard in the office of METAdrasi at Moria camp. It reads: "When i was young, the teacher told me if i got an A in exams he would tell my mother to get me a prize. Now that i am older and i get an A everyday, i don't want you to bring me a prize, mother, but come to my dream because i miss you so much". Mytilene, Moria camp, 28/12/2015.

METAdrasi interpreters working together outside the UNHCR tent. Mytilene, Moria camp, 28/12/2015.

METAdrasi interpreter working with UNHCR personnel, explaining the options for relocation and asylum to migrants from Morroco. Mytilene, Moria camp, 28/12/2015.

An interpreter and a lawyer from METAdrasi offering advice to refugees. Mytilene, Moria camp, 29/12/2015.

Disaster Tech Lab is a startup offering WiFi infrastructure building in disaster recovery areas and makeshift refugee camps. These were the signs being setup around the camp to indicate presence of internet connectivity. The map of hotspot locations is also visible. Mytilene, Moria camp, 29/12/2015.

A map of the Moria camp, offering a welcome message. Mytilene, Moria camp, 28/12/2015.