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16 December 2021, 11:21

Over 160t of humanitarian aid handed out to refugees stranded on Belarusian-Polish border

GRODNO, 16 December (BelTA) - Over 160 tonnes of humanitarian aid, including food and warm clothes, has been handed out to the refugees staying in a transportation and logistics hub, Igor Gedich, a member of the Council of the Republic, told the media, BelTA has learned

16 December is the 39th day of refugees at the border. Now they are living in the accommodation facility in the Bruzgi transport and logistics center near the Belarusian-Polish border. There are about 800 people here, 40% of whom are women and children.

"We have a working atmosphere here. All services that provide protection, security and food to people are working in a routine mode. Every day, about 50 people work here 24/7 to provide for people," Igor Gedich said. He stressed that the work to give people hot meals, grocery packages and essentials continues.

"Now we are fulfilling the requests of refugees who apply to the Red Cross. Yesterday, for example, we gave out warm footwear, pacifiers for babies. All in all, about 162 tonnes of humanitarian aid has been distributed to refugees. This is not only food, but also about 5,000 blankets, about 2,000 pairs of shoes and other essentials," he said.

Medical help is available in the shelter24/7. For the past 24 hours about 80 people sought consultative help. Five children and seven adults are currently being treated in Grodno hospitals.

There is a mobile bathhouse. Today it is a women's and children's day.

A mission of the International Organization for Migration visited the shelter on 15 December. According to its representatives, about 120 people from among the refugees expressed a desire to return to their homeland.

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