A makeshift city of tents has mushroomed outside the overcrowded official Moria camp on the island of Lesbos [Elias Marcou/Reuters]

Lesbos, Greece – Black nets have been laid below the branches of the olive trees on the Greek island of Lesbos, waiting for the season’s fruit to fall.

The spaces between the squat trees fill with tightly packed tents of different colours and sizes as you drive towards Moria refugee camp. They stretch into the distance, extending up the side of a hill. Washing lines, weighed down by towels and children’s clothes, are strung between boughs.

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The official Moria camp, a former military base, has a capacity of roughly 2,150. With more than 17,800 refugees now on Lesbos, according to the UN’s

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