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16 November 2021, 10:53

Refugees at Belarus-Poland border: Our children are hungry and sick

GRODNO, 16 November (BelTA) – The refugee children stranded at the Belarus-Poland border are struggling to survive cold November nights; many of the children have a cold and are starving, BelTA learned from the refugees living in the makeshift camp set up at the entrance to the Polish checkpoint.

The refugees who had left the camp near the Polish border the day before spent a cold night at the entrance to the Polish checkpoint of Kuznica. Many of them complained of bitter cold and the lack of food and water. There are many families with children among them. Poland does not let them in.

“The children are hungry and have a cold. And we do not get any help and understanding from Poland and the European Union,” one of the women said with tears in her eyes. Neither she, nor her husband, nor their two small children managed to fall asleep at night. It was very cold. They got up before dawn and began to walk around just to keep warm.

The woman emphasized: the family will not return to Iraq. “There is no work, no healthcare and education there, and it is very dangerous to stay there. We wanted to get to Europe to be safe and give our children a future, and look what we faced,” she said.

On 16 November, another batch of humanitarian aid was delivered to the makeshift camp at the Polish checkpoint. The volunteers distributed over three tonnes of food. First of all, the food - milk, bread, canned meat, confectionery – was handed out to children and women. The supply of aid to the refugees will continue.

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