Has ISIS taken over the Moria migrant camp on Greek island?
A group of ISIS followers are reportedly terrorising migrants in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Using the pretext of religion, they punish whoever they deem a threat to their criminal enterprise.
Published: October 3, 2018, 1:54 pm
Two Deutsche Welle reporters investigated the persistent rumors about Moria, considered to be Europe’s worst migrant camp. They discovered graffiti glorifying the jihadists, while Greek authorities take no action.
Has ISIS successfully infiltrated Moria refugee camp? Inhabitants of the camp believe so, they told the reporters Bachir Amroune and Mariel Müller.
More than 8 000 migrants live here, crowded together in an extremely confined space where crime, drugs, prostitution and violence are rife.
Recently an influx of “refugees” from Deir Ezzor, one of the last strongholds of Islamic State in Syria, have been arriving at the camp. Since then crime and violence have increased say inhabitants.
A group of Syrians is said to be controlling most of the illegal activities, and anyone who gets in their way can expect physical violence if not death threats.
The perpetrators often cite Sharia law as their justification for organised crime that has increasingly positioned itself under the aegis of Islamic State.
Mobile phones are stolen, says one victim. “When they attack, they gang up on you with 20 people,” he explains. “They hit you with metal pipes. They are merciless.”
These attackers shout the same slogans as ISIS members are used to, including “remain and expand”.
Moria was originally designed to take 2 500 people, but now holds over 8 000. Pope Francis during his visit, likened it to a “concentration camp”.
An Iraqi migrant told the reporters that ISIS tried to recruit him at the camp. But he said the members were true fanatics as they advocated rape of non-Islamic women. He said he feared them because they have threatened to kill him if he speaks to the police. “They have spies everywhere!”
German security staff confirmed to DW that there is in fact an ISIS group present in Camp Moria and a hidden crew filmed ISIS slogans spray-painted in red on the walls of the prefab accommodation. Drugs are sold openly by them in the camp.
Some inhabitants claim that ISIS members has already left the camp for Athens, the Greek capital.
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