The Moria camp on the island of Lesbos is way over capacity, forcing people to live in squalor.
Self-harm and suicide attempts are common, doctors said.
For many people, the island is the first glimpse of Europe after crossing the Aegean Sea.
Tourism is way down on Lesbos thanks to imagery of people swarming the island.
The Huffington Post joined an EU rescue mission off the coast of Lesbos, Greece.
"I was most scared of seeing my children die right in front of me," one woman said.
Sometimes you need to see tragedy up front, with your own eyes to realize our traditional institutions aren't always the best way to solve a crisis. It is the moment, as an individual, you realize you can wield tremendous impact in the world around you.
The pontiff wants to "show a sense of solidarity and responsibility" on the front line of the migrant crisis.
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Lesbos like you've never seen it before.
Lesbos, where I spent winter break as a volunteer, received thousands of refugees a day for many months. I find myself at a loss for words, unable to accurately describe what is going on in the region I just left. But the fact is, we all need to do better to help each other.