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In World's Overcrowded Refugee Camps, Proper Hygiene, Isolation Are Impossible

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“If one person gets sick then everyone will get sick,” says a Syrian refugee in a Greek camp. Officials worry the rapidly spreading virus could overwhelm nearby communities soon after ravaging a camp.


The coronavirus pandemic is expected to have a devastating effect on refugees around the world. The United Nations estimates that there are 70 million people displaced by war, environmental disasters or other hardships. And NPR’s Alice Fordham tells us what they face.

ALICE FORDHAM, BYLINE: On the Greek island of Lesbos is one of the world’s most densely populated camps. Designed for 3,000 people, it now holds about 20,000.

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