Aid groups are urging migrants across the Croatian border to find a solution, as the building and the cold are not cooling.
Hundreds of migrant workers burn in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to heavy snowfall and sudden drop in winter temperatures across the country. He was stranded in a burning camp.
Migrant workers in the Lipa camp in northwestern Bosnia wrap blankets and sleeping bags on Saturday to protect themselves from strong winds in the region bordering EU member Croatia.
The blaze, which broke out earlier this week, has been widely criticized by international officials and aid groups in several refugee camps near Bihac.
Despite the fire, Bosnian authorities failed to find new housing for migrant workers in Lipa, leaving nearly 1,000 people in a frozen area with no buildings. There is no heat. They only ate food provided by aid groups.
“It’s snowing. The temperature is below zero. The heat is gone. There is nothing, ”said Peter Van Der Auweraert, head of the International Organization for Migration in Bosnia.
“It simply came to our notice then. We need to take bold political action.
Humanitarian disaster for #BiH #Bihac Next: Photos from the former “Lipa” camp. Snow falls and freezes. There is no heat. This is not for everyone. We need to take bold political action. @UNmigration @UN_BiH pic.twitter.com/i1fHgqvWhJ
– Peter Van der Auweraert (@PeterAuweraert) December 26, 2020
On Saturday, the Danish Refugee Council; A joint statement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called on the authorities to take immediate action.
“Buildings still at the site are safe and could collapse during the snowfall,” he said. Due to the lack of heat there, frostbite, hypothermia and other serious health problems have been reported by those stranded there, ”the statement said.
Authorities are responsible for providing at least some protection to those stranded outside shelters in the harsh winter conditions, but an estimated 2,000 have been forced to survive in abandoned buildings and resettlement camps despite the location of Lipa.
“Failure to act urgently endangers people,” he said. ”
‘We are going to die.
Bosnia has become a stumbling block for thousands of migrant workers hoping to reach Western Europe.
Most lived in Karachi, northwestern Bosnia, and were rejected by other ethnic groups.
The European Union (EU) has warned that thousands of migrants in Bosnia are facing the cold winter without shelter.
On Saturday, police arrived at the camp to receive water and food provided by the Bosnian Red Cross as they tried to maintain order. Some migrants wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus.
“We live like animals. Even animals are better than us. A man from Pakistan was only named Kasim.
“they are [do] We do not help. We are going to die.
Plans to relocate the migrant workers to a factory in Bihac have provoked local protests.
Without a solution, the migrants laid the cardboard on the floor and set up barricades for their freedom in the only tent in Lipa camp.
Some people survived the fire by migrant workers who went outside to warm up. They keep their wet feet, and some keep them tight with warm blankets. Most migrant workers wear shoes in the snow.
Migrant workers often use mountain routes along the border to reach Croatia.
Human rights groups have documented abuses by Croatian authorities over the years, including severe beatings and sexual assaults on migrant workers and refugees. Women and minors are not protected from violence.