Snow and cold aggravate situation at Bosnia's Vucjak camp

Refugees still refuse food and water, call for opening border

05 December, 16:06

    (ANSAmed) - SARAJEVO, DECEMBER 5 - The situation at the Vucjak refugee camp in Bihac, in northwestern Bosnia-Herzegovina not far from the border with Croatia, is growing more critical by the day, with the more than 600 migrants there continuing to refuse food and water offered by the Red Cross.

    The migrants began a hunger strike in recent days to demand they be allowed to cross into Croatia in order to continue their journeys to Western Europe.

    Regional Balkan broadcaster N1 said the situation at the camp, which already lacks the most basic sanitary conditions, is becoming unsustainable as winter arrives, with intense cold and snow.

    On Wednesday night, the temperature dropped to five minus zero Celsius, and most of the migrants were without shoes or adequate clothing.

    Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic recently visited the camp and spoke of an unacceptable and shameful situation, calling for the camp's immediate closure and the transfer of the migrants to decent facilities with heating. (ANSAmed).

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