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Aegean island camps in crisis as refugee numbers mount

SAVE the Children warned yesterday that refugees in Greek island camps face terrible conditions as new arrivals increase sharply.
The British charity said more than 10,300 came ashore in the first two weeks of August, two-and-a-half times the figure for the same period in July.
Greece director Katie Dimmer said: “We’re starting to see scenes reminiscent of last summer, except, this time, most asylum-seekers are unable to continue their journeys and are trapped on the islands in overcrowded facilities and under the blazing sun.
“Mothers with small babies are being forced to sleep on the ground in makeshift tents. Children and breastfeeding women are suffering from dehydration.”
Meanwhile, the Greek coastguard was searching for a people-trafficking boat with 53 passengers that reported engine trouble in the eastern Aegean, hours after rescuing 59 refugees from a dinghy in rough weather north of Kos.

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