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The Greek island of Lesbos has become ground zero for the refugee debate


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Refugees on Lesbos last fall. (babasteve/Flickr)

All hell is breaking loose in Greece, so it kinda makes sense that Pope Francis is going there.

Let's back up. Yesterday, Greece started deporting refugees to Turkey as part of a very questionable deal.

A lot of people aren't happy about this, including Pope Francis. He is planning to visit the Greek island of Lesbos, which is sort of the front line of the refugee crisis right now.

Here's Lesbos, which as you can see is way closer to Turkey than Greece:

Many refugees there are frightened that they will be sent to Turkey.

But it is happening.

The Moira refugee camp on Lesbos is one symptom of the huge, complicated problem there: It's currently 600 people above capacity and low on food. The UNHCR--the UN's refugee agency--will no longer take people to and from Lesbos because the facility intended to register arrivals has become a "detention camp." And other groups are protesting the conditions on Lesbos ... by pulling their aid.

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The Greek island of Lesbos has become ground zero for the refugee debate

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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