Timeline of Tragedy: Greek Islands (Mid-2015 - Present)
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DateLocationType of IncidentInjuries/FatalitiesMedia Link/Source Summary of Incident
08-12/08/2015KOS (Stadium)Forcible DetainmentNumerous victims with varying injuries (unspecified)https://tinyurl.com/jstk64d

"2,500 refugees were even locked into the Kos stadium for almost 24 hours, with some forced to stay there for three days, many with no access to shade, much less food and water. They had to climb over barricades just so they could go out and buy sustenance. When the situation started becoming uneasy, Greek police waded in with batons and fire extinguishers."
03-04/09/2015KOS (Central)AttackUnspecified injured https://tinyurl.com/yatlxgsn

"...15-25 people brandishing bats physically attack refugees on Kos, while shouting "go back to your countries" ... They also threatened and injured one (and threatened other) activist(s)... Police did not stop them and riot police only intervened after the physical attacks had started and used teargas to disperse the crowd."
06/04/2016LESVOSThreat of Suicidehttps://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2A Pakistani man threatens to commit suicide. From AIDA Report "Conditions in Receptions Facilities"
15/04/2016CHIOSRape1 Rapehttps://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2Rape of a 13 year old child inside the hotspot. From AIDA Report "Conditions in Receptions Facilities"
25/04/2016LESVOSRiotUnspecified injured https://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2Riot, with tensions starting in the unaccompanied children section of the hotspot. From AIDA Report "Conditions in Receptions Facilities"
13/05/2016SAMOS (Vathy)Fight14 Injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/j6jqjwaFight among refugee residents, resulting in 14 refugees hospitalized for injuries sustained.
26/05/2016CHIOSAttempted Suicide1 injuredhttps://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2An Afghan man attempts to commit suicide. From AIDA Report "Conditions in Receptions Facilities"
01/06/2016LESVOS (Moria)Fire & FightUnspecified injured https://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2Fire breaks out after clashes between persons of different nationalities. Families forced to flee the camp and spend the night outside. From AIDA Report "Conditions in Receptions Facilities"
02/06/2016SAMOS (Vathy)Fire & Fight30 injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/j85zxcpRefugees set fire to various points in the hotspot, engaged in large scale fight. "According to reports, 30 people suffered injuries, some of them were taken to the hospital and a couple were in serious condition."
06/06/2016CHIOS (Souda)Fire & Fight1 firefighter injuredhttps://tinyurl.com/hwzy9rfProtesters in Souda refugee camp reportedly set garbage bins on fire, which spread, causing damage and panic. Burning two tents belonging to the UN High Commission for Refugees and to non-governmental organizations operating in the camp.
28/06/2016LEROSAttempted Suicide1 injuredhttps://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2A Yezidi woman attempts to commit suicide. From AIDA Report "Conditions in Receptions Facilities"
29/06/2016LESVOS (Moria)Police abuseSeveral injuredhttps://tinyurl.com/y76j9uv912 unaccompanied minors were detained for throwing stones. One physically assulted by a police officer who punched him after being hit with a stone. The minors were handcuffed and transfered to the police station. They were forced to sit in a 'chair' position. When they were unable to continue due to fatique, there were beaten with bottles of water and returned to the 'chair' position. They were treated for shock, swelling, scratches, and head and facial injuries.
07-10/07/2016LEROS (Lepidia/Lakki/Central)RiotSeveral injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/jknoocd http://tinyurl.com/jcw849v https://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2Several consecutive days of unrest and riots among refugees, locals, and the police, resulting in several injured and the FRS office reportedly damaged.
12/08/2016KOS (Stadium)Riot~72 faintings & 1 epilectic sizurehttp://tinyurl.com/guqur7v http://tinyurl.com/hf9outb"Up to 2,500 refugees in Kos were locked in a stadium for nearly 24 hours, after riot police struggled to contain crowds of recent migrant arrivals rounded up… After being locked inside for about 18 hours… refugees were fainting at a rate of four each hour… one suffered from an epileptic seizure."
15/08/2016KOS (Central)RiotUnspecified injured http://tinyurl.com/zqh3grs"Outside the island's main police station, about 50 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran threw stones and exchanged blows as tempers boiled over in the intense mid-summer heat. Riot police stood by without intervening."
04/09/2016LESVOS (Moria)Fight5 children hospitalizedhttps://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2Violent clashes between children in the hotspot. Five unaccompanied children are transferred to the hospital, while others abscond. From AIDA Report "Conditions in Receptions Facilities"
04/09/2016LESVOS (Mytilene)BombLight injuryhttp://tinyurl.com/gqsob6o"... two 17-year-old local youths were arrested after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at Syrians who were sleeping rough in Mytilini. One Syrian was slightly injured in the incident, according to state news agency ANA."
05/09/2016LESVOS (Moria)Fight7 injuredhttps://tinyurl.com/yalcomylA disturbance began around midnight, as a group of unaccompanied Syrian youths were attacked by a group of young Afghans. It then it spread to other areas of the camp.
08/09/2016LESVOS (Mytilene)Police AbuseAt least 1 Injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/gqsob6o"... at least one refugee was beaten unconscious in clashes with police."
19/09/2016LESVOS (Moria)Fire "Many" injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/z993elt http://tinyurl.com/zj4wk59 https://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2 https://tinyurl.com/yd5f4mg4Refugees set several fires in protest following a failed hunger strike, resulting in many injured and many tents outside the family compound destroyed. "About 300 migrants who attempted to march on the island's capital, were rounded up by police, according to local news sites."
25/09/2016LESVOS (Moria)Rape1 injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/jajalnh https://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2 http://tinyurl.com/zj4wk5916 year old Pakistani boy was raped by four other Pakistani males in Moria camp. The rapists were arrested and charged.
26/9/2016CHIOSAttempted Suicide1 injuredhttps://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2A young Afghan man attempted to commit suicide after receiving a negative decision. From AIDA Report "Conditions in Receptions Facilities"
30/09/2016CHIOS (Vial) Knife Attack1 Injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/j53945eKnife attack by Greek local, resulting in one refugee injured. Other individual attacks and general unrest among refugees and locals for days prior and following.
08/10/2016LESVOSRape1 Injuredhttps://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2Rape of a 25-year-old Moroccan by three Algerians. From AIDA Report "Conditions in Receptions Facilities"
19-20/10/2016CHIOS (Vial) ProtestUnspecified injured http://tinyurl.com/jvbqcnd https://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2Refugees block two entrances of Vial in protest against delayed and extended asylum process. No known injuries or damaged property.
24/10/2016LESVOS (Moria)FireUnspecified injured http://tinyurl.com/he8wmuc https://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2Refugees set fire to EASO compound in protest of asylum procedure, unknown number of injured, EASO compound largely destroyed and EASO operations suspended for several days.
26/10/2016CHIOS (Vial) Fire3 injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/j6ahz8p https://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2Refugees set fire to EASO compound, resulting in three injured, EASO officials evacuated, EASO compound destroyed, and EASO operations suspended for several days.
09/11/2016SAMOS (Vathy)MarchUnspecified injured https://tinyurl.com/ycjorsf2Following heavy rainfall damaging their tents and belongings, persons accommodated in the hotspot marched on the streets, demanding dry clothes and tents
16-17/11/2016CHIOS (Souda)Riot 1 injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/hnv6rr4 http://tinyurl.com/hjv5h59 http://tinyurl.com/hgmoc93"... two molotov cocktails bombs were hurled inside the hot spot setting two tents on fire. Three hours later, more molotov cocktails and firecrackers were hurled inside the hot spot..."
19/11/2016CHIOS (Souda)Miscarriage (allegedly due to riot)2 deathshttp://tinyurl.com/hnv6rr4Refugee miscarried twins, allegedly from stress of attack from previous evening.
24/11/2016LESVOS (Moria)Gas Explosion2 deaths; 2 severe injuries; others treated for light injurieshttp://tinyurl.com/gtn3c9bExpired gas canister explosion, resulting in two fatalities, two severely injured, others injured, and several parts of the camp destroyed from both the explosion and subsequent fires in protest by resident refugees.
24/11/2016LESVOS (Moria)ArsonMinor injuries among several camp residentshttps://tinyurl.com/gq5f2mh"Angry migrants set fire to the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday after a woman and a six-year-old child died following a gas cylinder explosion, local police said. Caused significant damage. Ensuing clashes between migrants and police left six refugees slightly injured."
30/11/2016SAMOS (Vathy)TortureSevere injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/hxtdbopGCR bring claim against Samos police for alleged torture of an Iraqi refugee.
16/12/2016LESVOS (Kara Tepe)Suicide attemptInternal Injury (1 individual)Medical documents from Mytilene Hospital (confidential client documents)Rape survivor suffering from depression. Refused help at hospital multiple times.
19/01/2017CHIOS (Souda)Suicide attemptRescuedAdvocates Internal Record (video)Algerian man hung himself from tree, by the castle wall during lunch hours. Discovered by refugees a few minutes after he hung himself. He was taken to hospital by ambulance. Advocates reviewed photos of the male, non-responsive and in a neck-brace, being transferred to ambulance.
20/01/2017SAMOS (Vathy)Suicide attemptInjury from self harmCase Note of Advocates: ConfidentialClient slit wrists with knife, allegedly depressed from delayed asylum application processing.
22/01/2017CHIOS (Souda)Suicide Attempt Injuries from self harm Daily Field Report of Advocates AbroadMinor with history of self-harm that threatened to slit wrists again. Praxis was familiar with his history of self-harm. The minor's body showed signs of mutilation and self-harm.
8-22/01/2017SAMOS (Vathy)Suicide Attempts7 attempted suicides https://tinyurl.com/ya7nacpoA refugee climbed a tree and threatened to hang himself; another visited the camp clinic with many self-injuries all over his body; yet another had swallowed a razor blade and the fourth had swallowed pills. Details of others are unknown.
25/01/2017SAMOS (Vathy)Death1 Deathhttps://tinyurl.com/y9285pak Death of Syrian Kurdish male, Benjo Massoud. Mr. Massoud suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes, but had not been recieving medication.
25/01/2017LESVOS (Moria)Death1 deathhttp://tinyurl.com/j4wl272

Death of one Egyptian male. “No known cause of death” (autopsy report as reported by UNHCR), suspected cause of hypothermia.
28/01/2017LESVOS (Moria)Death1 deathhttp://tinyurl.com/h7mvuko


Death of one Syrian male. "No known cause of death"; yet, autopsy forthcoming. Hypothermia suspected.
28/01/2017CHIOS (Souda)Suicide AttemptRescuedAdvocates teams & clients witnessed ambulance + aftermath, as well as the arrival to hospital Male refugee, Syrian, used a knife to slash his chest. An ambulance was called and he was transferred to the hospital.
30/01/2017LESVOS (Moria) Death1 deathhttps://tinyurl.com/hfkfc26 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38804002"The dead man is believed to be about 20 years old and from Pakistan, a police official on the island said. Another man who shared his tent was critically ill and taken to hospital."
22-30/01/2017Lesvos (Moria)Hypothermia & 1 Injury3 deaths http://tinyurl.com/y8j6dxf2A Pakistani man died in his tent aged between 18 and 20. A 30 year old Afgan men who shared the same tent hospitilized. An Egyptian man, 22 and 46 year old Syrian man died in the same week.
30/01/2017LESVOS (Moria)Suicide AttemptRescuedhttps://tinyurl.com/jmb3v3uMiddle-aged male, attempted suicide by hanging in Moria. Rescued by one police officer and one other asylum seeker.
30/01/2017LESVOS (Kara Tepe)Suicide AttemptRescuedMedical documents from Mytilene HospitalRape survivor suffering from depression and stress from asylum interview. Swallowed multiple pills.
31/01/2017 CHIOS (Souda)Suicide Attempt RescuedAdvocates field team witnessesMoroccan male attempted to hang himself from the ceiling of his caravan, rescued by refugee witnesses.
02/02/2017LESVOS (Moria)SuicideUnknown (Deaths recorded)https://tinyurl.com/zuvxacz"[P]eople died in cold in the camp… an Iranian attempted suicide and an Egyptian hung himself. Yesterday, a Pakistani died, and last week, an [Egyptian] died in the bathroom. I attempted suicide by cutting my vein last week but I am still alive."
07/02/2017SAMOS (Vathy)Police Abuse Upper body injuriesAdvocates Abroad Daily Field Report "Beaten by police in police station over the weekend where he has handcuffed to a chair for 3 nights and 4 days. Minor (17) from Algeria. See separate report and photos. He’s now in the camp and provided us with photos of his injuries."
24/02/2017LESVOS (Mytilene Hospital)Lack of Proper Health Services1 DeathAdvocates Abroad client Death of 22 year old from Sierra Leone from stomach cancer. UNHCR had successfully argued for his discharge from hospital four times in the two months between his diagnosis and death, against patient wishes.
22-23/03/2017CHIOS (Souda)AttackInjuries (2 individuals)https://tinyurl.com/ybae5qfe
"A woman and a child were injured in overnight clashes between Afghan and Algerian migrants at a camp on the eastern Aegean island of Chios on Wednesday night."
28/03/2017CHIOS (Port)SuicideDeathhttps://tinyurl.com/y9vx3y3g"An asylum seeker was found hanged in an apparent suicide at Greece’s largest port, shortly after aid agencies warned of mounting desperation among refugees trapped in the country. The 25-year-old Syrian man was carrying refugee application papers when he was found dead near passenger ferry departure gates in Piraeus, outside Athens."
03/30/2017CHIOS (Vial)Self ImmolationDeathhttp://bit.ly/2omOQcE http://www.era-aegean.gr/?p=25975 2 videos in Advocates files)

Male self-immolated and was transported to Athens in critical condition. One police officer attempted rescue and sustained injuries. Refugee passed away on 8 April 2017 from his injuries.
02/04/2017LESVOS (Mytilene)DrowningDeathAdvocates file (photo from confidential informant)30 year old Iranian male, died while swimming recreationally in shallow depths with friends in Mytilene harbor.
13/04/2017CHIOS (Souda)AttackSevere head and body injurieshttp://tinyurl.com/y8jftmdl"Afghan group attacked Iraqi immigrant"
14/04/2017CHIOS (Vial)Police AbuseUnknownAdvocates file (photo from confidential informant)"Police broke down doors of 25 refugees of various nationalities and took them to the police station; released after several hours of humiliation and torture"
20/04/2017CHIOS (Souda)AttackUnknown Injurieshttps://tinyurl.com/y7pdg4bj"Two people were arrested on the Aegean island of Chios during an attack on the Souda refugee camp by a far-right group late Thursday"
02-04/05/2017LEROSAttacks6 Injuredhttps://tinyurl.com/y7a7nnx9Six attacks against Palestinian, Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers, perpetrated between midnight of May 2nd and the evening of May 4th. Three incidents took place and targeted groups on their way to the Lepida Reception and Identification Center. Victims were attacked by motorcycle groups of persons using sharp and other objects. One incident involved a pregnant woman. See also the LGBT attack below.
04/05/2017CHIOSAttempted SuicideSavedhttps://tinyurl.com/y9e9hmbtYoung Syrian man attemted to self-immolate.
05/05/2017CHIOS (Vial)Riot6 injuredhttps://tinyurl.com/y9l7ha96 https://tinyurl.com/y8m3ktaj"A violent confrontation ... between Afghan and Algerian nationals..the incident started as a fight between two small groups throwing stones at each other and escalated into a full-blown brawl involving around 60 people."
05/05/2017LEROSLGBT Attack1 Injuredhttp://tinyurl.com/yax97c6j"Two transgender refugees were attacked in Leros on Wednesday by people on motorcycles"
7/5/2017LESVOS (Mytilene)DrowningDeathhttp://tinyurl.com/ybsbkxru27 year old Iranian asylum seeker drowned while swimming with friends in Mytilene harbor. Conflicting personel and media reports whether he was swimming recreationally or swimming from the boat that brought him from Turkey.
8/5/2017CHIOS (Vial)RiotUnknownhttps://tinyurl.com/y6wl8txf"A recent violent confrontation between Afghans and Algerians... began when two small groups of people began throwing stones at one another and escalated into a brawl that involved about 60 people."
12/5/2017CHIOS (Souda)Razor AttackUpper body injurieshttp://tinyurl.com/y7dc6rp5"Immigrant attacked using a razor. Was taken to Skylitseo Hospital by ambulance."
12/05/2017CHIOS (Souda)Attempted SuicideSavedhttps://tinyurl.com/y7at2xlaAn aslyum seeker attempted suicide using a razor.
15/05/2017CHIOSProtestUnknownAdvocates Abroad fileAnti-refugee protest.
17/05/2017LESVOS (Moria)Police AbuseUpper and lower body Injuries (2 individuals)https://tinyurl.com/ycjcbu65Syrian husband and wife beaten by Moria police/security for refusing to move during peaceful protest of undesirable housing assignment in the camp. Both sustained injuries requiring medical attention.
17/05/2017CHIOS (Souda)Food Posioning35-40 persons hospitalisedhttps://tinyurl.com/yalduuqdAsylum seekers, including children and pregnant women, suffered food poisioning after consuming chicken at the camp.
21/05/2017CHIOS (Souda)Attempted SuicideSavedhttps://tinyurl.com/y86asf39A 16 year old attempted suicide.
23/05/2017CHIOS (Souda)Attempted Suicide1 Injuredhttps://tinyurl.com/ycuebpwjAlgerian asylum seeker attempted to hang himself.
29/05/2017CHIOS (City)AttackUpper body injuries (2 persons)https://tinyurl.com/ycf6q4a6Two asylum seekers, aged 20 and 25, were attacked using "metallic objects" by two asylum seekers aged 19 and 22 years.
29/05/2017CHIOSSuicide Multiplehttps://tinyurl.com/yc8vem8gThe Independent reports 39% of refugees have witnessed a death on the Island, with 87% of these occuring due to suicide or self harm.
09/06/2017CHIOS (Souda)Police AbuseUnknownhttps://tinyurl.com/ya3s3rgoPolice entered the camp, detaining more than 20 persons, in an effort to trace those who have had their appeals rejected. The operation was "deemed necessary due to the fact the Souda camp has grown in recent months".
12/06/2017CHIOS (Souda)Attempted MurderUpper body injurieshttps://tinyurl.com/ybheco7q https://tinyurl.com/ydg93u44A 28 year old Iraqi man was attacked with a knife by three Syrians aged 25, 19 and 17 together with an unidentified person.
16/06/2017LESVOS (Mytilene)Attempted SuicideSavedhttps://tinyurl.com/yc4jhujaA 20 year old Syrian detained at the police station attempted to hang himself.
16/06/2017CHIOSAttempted SuicideSavedhttps://tinyurl.com/yc4jhujaA Moroccan asylum seeker attempted suicide by swallowing razor blades.
01/07/2017CHIOS (Souda)AttackInjurieshttps://tinyurl.com/ycsuuv57A 24 year old Pakistani man suffered bodily harm when he was attacked by a 34 year old Algerian man.
05/07/2017SAMOS (Vathy)Police AbuseUnknownhttps://tinyurl.com/y7wnvbgnPolice entered the camp, detaining 138 persons, in an effort to locate those whose applications were rejected.
10/07/2017LESVOS (Moria)RiotNone reportedhttps://tinyurl.com/ycjcx76nA protest against the sub-standard conditions of asylum seekers awaiting deportation to Turkey escalated. Two large tents and two prefabricated buildings were burnt.
18/07/2017LESVOS (Moria and Mytilene)Police AbuseUnknown Injurieshttps://tinyurl.com/ybghzxujPolice used excessive force against asylum-seekers in Moria Camp during a protest on 18 July 2017 and ill-treated those arrested and detained in the Mytilene police station. Amnesty International reported police officers throwing stones at protestors and beating individuals with trunchons after individuals had fallen to the ground. Further abuse is documented within the report including of a visibly pregnant women.