GRODNO, 22 December (BelTA) – There are many children and pregnant women among the refugees living in the shelter at the Belarus-Poland border. In such weather conditions and in such a situation they need support like no one else, an Iraqi refugee told BelTA.
Refugees have been stranded at the Belarusian-Polish border for 45 days already. They are living in the temporary accommodation facility set up at the Bruzgi logistics hub near the border. At present, there are about 600 people there, 40% of them are women and children.
“The weather is very cold for us. And among the refugees there are many children, women, including expectant mothers. They need all the support they can get from Belarus. We are provided with food and warm clothing. Our other needs are also taken care of, for example, a school will be opened for children. We appreciate it,” the man said. He is the father of two, however, they are not schoolchildren by age.
A mobile learning center for refugee children will be mounted at the shelter by the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee and UNICEF. It will be up and running on 24 December. It will offer several areas of activity, including psychological support and leisure time for children, games and video lessons for children and teenagers in their native language and in line with curricular of Iraqi schools.
UNICEF and Belarusian healthcare professionals pay close attention to pregnant women living in the shelter.