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03 December 2021, 12:58

Over 130 tonnes of humanitarian aid delivered to refugees stranded at Belarus-Poland border

GRODNO, 3 December (BelTA) – Belarusians took the plight of refugees close to their hearts. People throughout the country have collected more than 130 tonnes of humanitarian aid, Viktor Liskovich, Chairman of the Education, Science, Culture, and Social Development Commission of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, told the media, BelTA has learned.

3 December is the 26th day that the refugees have been stranded at the Belarusian-Polish border. They are staying in a transportation and logistics hub near the Belarusian border checkpoint Bruzgi.

“Conditions are much better here compared to a forest camp. Refugees are provided with food, there is an opportunity to take a shower. Yesterday, a drawing contest was held for children. They painted about 300 drawings, 15 of the best works will be exhibited at a volunteer event in Minsk. By the way, volunteers, including those from the Belarusian Union of Women, Belarusian BRSM Youth Union, trade unions, have been doing a great job," Viktor Liskovich said. He stressed that the whole country has pitched in humanitarian effort: all regions have organized the collection of aid. All in all, about 135 tonnes of cargo were delivered to the refugee shelter.

"The Council of the Republic was the first to respond. We brought about 10 tonnes of cargo on the second day. It was not just assistance to refugees, but a kind of message to which the entire civil society of Belarus responded," Viktor Liskovich said. He also highlighted the great role of the Emergencies Ministry, the Armed Forces, the border service in ensuring the safety of refugees.

Medical teams are on standby 24/7 in the transport and logistics center. A mobile bath house has been mounted. Shops on wheels come to the shelter regularly. By the way, its assortment has been adjusted at the request of people.

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