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23 December 2021, 17:28

Opinion: Belarus is doing everything possible to ensure that refugees on border feel protected

GRODNO, 23 December (BelTA) – Belarus is doing everything possible to ensure that the refugees stranded on the Belarus-Poland border feel protected, member of the Council of the Republic Igor Gedich told the media on 20 December, BelTA has learned.

The refugees have been staying in the temporary accommodation facility in the transport and logistics center in Bruzgi on the Belarus-Poland border for 46 days. There are about 600 of them here. There are a lot of women and children among them.

“Belarus is doing everything possible to make sure these people feel protected. Everything is organized well. The services are focused on creating acceptable living conditions for refugees. A routine yet so needed work is underway," Igor Gedich said. “Refugees are provided with hot meals, grocery packages, and warm clothes. All in all, over 170 tonnes of humanitarian aid have been distributed during this time. There is a sufficient supply of food products and everything they need.”

Medical service is available in the camp 24/7. Over the past day, about 70 people turned to doctors for help, though there were no serious health complaints. Currently 10 children and 6 adults are being treated in hospitals in Grodno.

Work is in progress to mount a mobile educational center next to the transport and logistics center. It will be fitted out with equipment and connected to the internet on 23 December. The center will provide video lessons in the native language, psychological assistance and leisure opportunities. Both Belarusian volunteers and people from among the refugees who have the appropriate education will work with children. The mobile educational center is expected to open on 24 December.

“Yet, the major goal of the refugees remains the same. They are not losing hope for a positive resolution of their situation,” Igor Gedich noted.

Igor Gedich
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