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>> We don't have any rights.>> Azha Al-Sheikh Ahmed is a Syrian migrant trapped along with eight and a half thousand other assylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos, crammed into camps built for 3,000. Summer tents spill over into neighboring Olive groves. Many using the wood to make fires as temperatures plunge.
They're waiting for asylum or deportation. It's been 20 months since the EU and Turkey agreed to seal the main gateway to Europe through Greece. While the deal has been hailed a success by its European architects, the situation in Greek islands like Lesbos expose its shortcomings. The migrants are stranded under the EU Turkey deal that forbid them from being transferred to the mainland and new arrivals have risen sharply.
Lesbos residents are calling their island a human prison, describing rise in crime from petty theft to farm animals to break ins. Last week they went on strike, protesting European policies. Migrants also described fear for their safety. Rights groups described conditions in camps across Greece as deplorable and unfit for humans.