As we grapple with how to help refugees, a worker with Human Rights Watch explains the plight of those arriving to the Greek island of Lesbos right now.
Even though they’ve escaped war in their home country they are far from free and clear.
Eva Cosse says the journey from landing to the capital of Mytilene where they must register is long , and locals Greek citizens are forbidden from providing transport or they’ll be charged as smugglers.
“They make people walk for 70 kilometres through the mountains. It’s really awful. You have people who are fainting while walking because it takes them days and days to walk.”
She says the journey is long and arduous.
“People stop there and rest for a few nights. There are volunteers there, many tourists taking care of them because they have horrible wounds in their feet. They have blisters.”
Cosse says children, pregnant women, and the elderly are living on the streets because hotels are refusing to rent refugees rooms.
One bright spot is locals and tourists helping people with food and medical aid.