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19 November 2021, 09:26

11th day on border for refugees: Empty camps, food trucks, and night under roof

GRODNO, 19 November (BelTA) - All the refugees have left their camps near the border to move to the nearby logistics hub, BelTA learned about the developments on the eleventh day for refugees at the border.

On 18 November all the refugees left their makeshift camps at the Polish border and moved to a temporary accommodation facility set up in the logistics center nearby. It was opened after the events of 16 November when Polish law enforcers used water cannons and tear gas against people. Several hundred people continued to stay near the border, but cold nights and lack of normal conditions forced them to move under the roof.

The second floor of the logistics hub was prepared to receive refugees.

“Belarus has done everything necessary for these people. They are fed, have a roof over their heads, and will spend the night in the warm,” said Senator Viktor Liskovich, commissioner of the Council of the Republic for the coordination of humanitarian assistance to refugees.

Refugees are provided with hot meals (some 8 tonnes of food daily), medical support, drinking water. Food trucks come to the place. Chips and soda are the best sellers. A vaccination center was also opened yesterday. However, since most of the refugees had already been vaccinated and have the appropriate certificates, there was no one willing to get a shot.

The refugees were also offered to stay in Belarus and to be assisted in finding jobs and housing. They refused. “We keep on going to our goal. We want to get to the European Union, to Germany. We hope for the opening of the borders and a humanitarian corridor,” said one of the refugees.

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