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Greece: 4-day-old baby Rafif sleeping on crate among refugees braving dire conditions in Lesbos02:18

Greece: 4-day-old baby Rafif sleeping on crate among refugees braving dire conditions in Lesbos

Greece, Lesbos
December 21, 2017 at 13:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Twenty-three-year-old Syrian mother Baraa'a taking care of her four-day-old daughter Rafif and her two other children shared her story on Wednesday, from a tent outside the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

A photo of her looking lovingly at her new-born sleeping wrapped in blankets on top of a plastic crate had made the rounds the day before.

Holding the four-day-old baby close to her, young Baraa'a ("innocence" in Arabic) said she and her family had been in the camp for more than a month, and that all they wanted was to get to Athens and to finally have "safety with my children at home."

Detailing the harsh camp living conditions, said that for people fleeing a war it was like still being stuck in one. Children and babies like hers would not even have access to a bed.

After the photo, taken by Giorgos Moutafis, went viral, the young mother was going to be transported with her family in a container.

Squalid conditions at Moria camp, where more than 6,000 people live, including some 350 unaccompanied minors, have forced several refugees to move to makeshift camps in nearby areas. Tensions are high as resources are being stretched to almost three times the camp's capacity.

After the March 2016 agreement to curb refugee flows between the European Union and Turkey, the Greek government has confined refugees and migrants to the islands for the length of their asylum process.

Greece: 4-day-old baby Rafif sleeping on crate among refugees braving dire conditions in Lesbos02:18
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Twenty-three-year-old Syrian mother Baraa'a taking care of her four-day-old daughter Rafif and her two other children shared her story on Wednesday, from a tent outside the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

A photo of her looking lovingly at her new-born sleeping wrapped in blankets on top of a plastic crate had made the rounds the day before.

Holding the four-day-old baby close to her, young Baraa'a ("innocence" in Arabic) said she and her family had been in the camp for more than a month, and that all they wanted was to get to Athens and to finally have "safety with my children at home."

Detailing the harsh camp living conditions, said that for people fleeing a war it was like still being stuck in one. Children and babies like hers would not even have access to a bed.

After the photo, taken by Giorgos Moutafis, went viral, the young mother was going to be transported with her family in a container.

Squalid conditions at Moria camp, where more than 6,000 people live, including some 350 unaccompanied minors, have forced several refugees to move to makeshift camps in nearby areas. Tensions are high as resources are being stretched to almost three times the camp's capacity.

After the March 2016 agreement to curb refugee flows between the European Union and Turkey, the Greek government has confined refugees and migrants to the islands for the length of their asylum process.

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