SOLIDAR MEMBERS AT WORK TO PROVIDE WINTER AID TO REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS
19th January 2017
The cold wave that hit Europe in the last weeks has brought to light a reality that many among the civil society were already declaring for long time: the Western Balkan route has never been closed. Despite the official closing of the borders in 2016 and the EU-Turkey deal, refugees and migrants kept on fleeing to Europe through the Western Balkan route. Many among them find themselves in an even more vulnerable state compared to the situation where the route was still acknowledged. On top of that this also complicates the coordination among humanitarian organisations and the institutions providing help and services in region.
The current weather conditions in Serbia have reached -10 degrees Celsius and according to the latest details provided by the UNHCR approximately 7,000 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants living in the country are now accommodated in heated government shelters. However at the same time, over 1000 people are estimated to be staying in inadequate and improvised sites, among which are 300 minors. Their lives and health conditions is at risk, over the last weeks many deaths have been registered as a result of the severe weather conditions both in the Western-Balkans as in Europe. This is unacceptable, SOLIDAR urges the authorities to make sure that everybody should hav access to dignified conditions.
In this context, SOLIDAR Serbian members ASB and IDC continue undismayed their work to provide assistance to the refugees and ensure dignified conditions to all people in need. The aid provided by our members consist of: warm meals three times a day for refugees in the shelters, medical assistance with a team composed of 27 doctors and nurses and distribution of medical supplies and clothes.