The governor of the Moria Reception and Identification Center for migrants and refugees on the island of Lesvos, Yannis Balbakakis, on Wednesday handed in his resignation to the leadership of the citizen protection ministry, citing personal reasons.
“I leave with my head held high,” Balbakakis told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), “as I did what needed to be done in difficult conditions. I am leaving neither as a thief nor as a protesting politician. I’m leaving because I have to leave. I’m tired…”, was Balbakakis’ poignant final comment.
Balbakakis has been running the Moria facility for about three years and during his tenure helped create the so-called ‘safe zones’ for the protection of unaccompanied minors, women traveling alone and single-parent families with children.
He also contributed to the connecting the Moria camp’s sewage system with the Lesvos biological sewage treatment system, while his contribution to the compensation to owners of property in the areas surrounding Moria that were occupied by asylum seekers was also reportedly significant.