GRODNO, 21 December (BelTA) – Belarus has delivered a total of over 190 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the refugees staying on the border with Poland, Head of the Grodno Oblast branch of the Belarus Red Cross Natalya Tolkacheva told reporters, BelTA has learned.
Refugees have been stranded at the Belarusian-Polish border for 44 days already. They are living in the temporary accommodation facility set up at the Bruzgi logistics hub near the border. About 40% of them are women and children. Belarus keeps providing them with everything they need.
“Our partners have collected, purchased, delivered 192 tonnes of various types of humanitarian aid to refugees. This is not only food, but also blankets, mattresses, warm clothes and shoes, and other essentials. Some 172 tonnes have already been handed out,” Natalya Tolkacheva said.
Refugees are provided with hot meals cooked by the military, as well as food sets. Refugees, especially children, also receive other necessary things upon request.
The volunteers are very attentive to the needs of three young mothers and their newborn babies who are now in the Red Cross shelter in Grodno. “Mothers are breastfeeding, so it is important to provide them with proper nutrition and medicines. All this is coordinated with healthcare professionals who visit the shelter every day,” said Natalya Tolkacheva. The refugee women are likely to stay in the shelter until the situation is resolved. Now representatives of international organizations, including UNICEF and UNHCR, keep in touch with these women.