"I thought after some reflection I would have come to terms with the conditions here in Serbia, but if anything, I feel worse.
In a few hours I will be back in a warm flat in London, but these poor souls will still be stuck in that freezing warehouse.
I've never been as cold as I was here. And I had a ski jacket and proper boots. There are boys walking around the camp in shoes with no soles and just a thin jumper to keep the cold away. We left our warm clothes with them..that's all we could do.
These families are living in old, dark empty warehouse spaces intended for industrial storage, not for humans to live in. The refugees are literally lying in filth, burning anything they can get their hands on to keep warm. The fumes are so thick and toxic I could hardly breathe.
There are kids sleeping there, inhaling the smoke through the night.
The medical personnel say that they are doing their best to treat serious instances of frostbite, hypothermia and lung problems from the smoke.
A journalist mentioned to me that if animals were kept like this in the UK, people would be prosecuted for cruelty.
The could hardly believe the things I was seeing. Groups of people huddling in the snow, queuing for their one meal a day. Others had punched a hole in the ice to find some water, to try and wash. I watched an already freezing boy, coughing intensely as he splashed ice water on himself, his bare feet wedged in the snow.
I don't think I have ever looked into the eyes of people who were so hungry before. It is a new level of desperation when you only have one meal a day. A truck arrived with some food donations from southern Serbia, and everyone raced out into the snow to grab what they could.
I worry deeply about the deteriorating physicality of these boys. Each day their health regresses further. The winter here is brutal.
The only solution is to move these guys to a safe space where they can recover and get treatment. Somehow we need to make that happen." --------------------
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