According to the United Nations’ refugee agency, the UNHCR, 7,165 men, women and children live in the Mavrovouni camp, a rudimentary facility of tents overlooking the sea. It was constructed in a matter of days after fires gutted Moria, the island’s holding centre, displacing about 12,500 people overnight. Since the blazes, more than 5,000 asylum seekers have been transferred to the mainland.
Sounding the alarm in November, Human Rights Watch said authorities had failed to carry out comprehensive lead testing or soil remediation before moving migrants to the EU-funded temporary site, which was a firing range from 1926.
We’re supposed to carry out those long and expensive tests and recoveries in an emergency?
To argue that the place isn’t perfect and perhaps it should be moved is fine. To whinge about not spending three months testing when things have to be done now is not.