Illegal migrants attacked another church on the Greek island of Lesvos recently, throwing stones through its windows. Additionally, the migrant camp at Nea Kavala on the Greek mainland has been quarantined after the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was discovered there.
The church, which is near the Moira migrant camp on Lesvos, is the latest in a string of churches in the region that have been attacked and desecrated by migrants, as previously reported by Voice of Europe. Makis Pavlellis, a local resident, said that “something very bad and dangerous has been going on for four months in the area,” according to a report by Greek City Times. “It looks organised and directed.”
Lesvos, which has a residential population of approximately 85,000, is currently hosting an estimated 25,000 illegal migrants, with half of them living at the Moira camp. Residents, while initially welcoming, have grown tired of their presence given the rise in incidents of disrespect, crime, and violence perpetrated by migrants.
Hungary has contributed $30,000 to help with restoring the damaged churches, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.
Meanwhile, in northern Greece, the migrant camp at Nea Kavala was quarantined yesterday after a pregnant woman tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, according to another report by Greek City Times. Greek health authorities are now in the process of testing all of the camp’s residents.
The mayor of nearby Peonia ordered the closing of six schools where migrant children have been attending classes as a precaution. The buildings are being disinfected.
Migrants were transferred to Nea Kavala in northern mainland Greece from camps on the islands in the Aegean recently. The move was carried out to relieve overcrowding in the camps, which were considered at high risk for an outbreak of the virus. Spreading the migrants out was intended to enable them to practice social distancing measures.