Refugees stuck on tiny ‘hell on Earth’ island covered in scorpions and snakes

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About 40 refugees are reportedly marooned on a ‘hell on Earth’ Greek island swarming with snakes, insects and deadly scorpions.

Greek human rights organisations have begged authorities to take action for the group who are stuck on the tiny river island on the border between Greece and Turkey.

Speaking to CBS News, the Greek Council of Refugees’ Vasileios Papadopoulos said that a young girl was reportedly killed by a scorpion last week while awaiting rescue.

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He also claimed that the migrants had been stuck there for more than 20 days with no access to food or clean water.

In emotive audio released to the media last week, a 28-year-old refugee named Bayda begged authorities for help.

She said: “I'm saying, help … it's difficult to survive.

"They are killing us in Syria, in Turkey, in this island, in Greece, in every place in the world.

“What's our fault? Because no one can hear us?

What's going to happen?

“Maybe we all die in the morning. This island is full of snakes, scorpions, and a lot of insects. … This is the hell in the earth. I swear, this is the hell in the earth, and no one can help us."

Greek police have said they are chasing the refugees but have been unable to locate them due to differing coordinates and are therefore unsure if the island has Greek sovereignty.

However, the Greek Council of Refugees has said that as the "authorities at least finally acknowledge the existence of the group” they should soon be able to rescue them.

Thousands of people from across the Middle East cross into Greece from Turkey every year.

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