Arctic temperatures in Belgrade, Serbia have reached a low of 20°C below zero this winter. Of the 7500 refugees and other migrants in Serbia (according to @unrefugees) around 1200, including unaccompanied minors, are sleeping in abandoned barracks and empty buildings in Belgrade. Many more are waiting at the Hungarian border, directly exposed to the elements.
People are sleeping on cardboard without adequate clothing or blankets. There is one water pipe for 1200. Everywhere is dirty and polluted by the smoke of fires that are constantly burning in an attempt to keep everyone warm. Scabies and lice are rampant.
Medical teams have reported cases of hypothermia, frostbite and malnutrition. On the Hungarian border in Horgos and Kelebija, people are staying in two improvised camps in inhumane conditions without proper tents or water/sanitation facilities.
We have initiated a crisis response for those people currently living outside of designated accommodation sites who are “out of the system." 1600 beneficiaries will receive winter jackets, sleeping mattresses, sleeping bags, hats, gloves, scarves, winter shoes, thermal winter socks, long underwear and sweaters for winter. We will also distribute kits in Horgos and Kelebjia to support 400 people sleeping outdoors while waiting to cross the border into Hungary.
Photo: Belgrade Center for Human Rights
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