Kos is a tourist destination, but the port and the roads around the islands are filled with veiled women and men drying their clothes and sleeping in tents less than a mile from the middle of town where tourists are eating at fine restaurants and drinking pina coladas. On this island you have this awful hotel, the Captain Elias hotel, and because the authorities on this Greek vacation island didn’t have anywhere to put these people they would bring them to this hotel with no running water, no electricity. It became a cesspool. People were getting sick left, right, and center. And it’s half a mile from full on holiday tourists.
At the camp the mood was desperate. There was no security. People would come up and ask, “Why? How can this be happening?” These were people who were dentists, doctors, chefs in their home country. They were people who could afford to leave and would pay smugglers ridiculous amounts of money to move them through Europe. To suddenly arrive in Greece and be thrust into this, you can’t imaging how much they were questioning things.