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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrants blocked at Croatian border amid freezing weather03:42

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrants blocked at Croatian border amid freezing weather

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosanska Bojna
December 3, 2020 at 14:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Croatian police blocked around 200 migrants, including women and children, from crossing the border in Bosanska Bojna, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Wednesday, in a standoff that left migrants stranded in freezing temperatures.

Amid the group of migrants and asylum seekers are whole families from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria, some reportedly with members requiring medical assistance.

"For two, three months, families are living in tents. No heater. We lack high hygiene, we lack everything. Today, we all have come to go legally, we request them, to please let in families, to go, to leave this place," a migrant said.

"This month is very cold. I have babies, I have woman, I have no house, just tents. It's a very [big] problem here," another migrant said.

Croatian law enforcement officers and Bosnian border police held the situation peacefully.

According to the UN migration agency, around 3,000 people are currently sleeping rough in Bosnia. As winter temperatures drop, aid workers increasingly worry about migrant centres being closed down in the area, and the growing hostility from local authorities and residents towards migrants and asylum seekers in the Western Balkan country.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrants blocked at Croatian border amid freezing weather03:42
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Croatian police blocked around 200 migrants, including women and children, from crossing the border in Bosanska Bojna, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Wednesday, in a standoff that left migrants stranded in freezing temperatures.

Amid the group of migrants and asylum seekers are whole families from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria, some reportedly with members requiring medical assistance.

"For two, three months, families are living in tents. No heater. We lack high hygiene, we lack everything. Today, we all have come to go legally, we request them, to please let in families, to go, to leave this place," a migrant said.

"This month is very cold. I have babies, I have woman, I have no house, just tents. It's a very [big] problem here," another migrant said.

Croatian law enforcement officers and Bosnian border police held the situation peacefully.

According to the UN migration agency, around 3,000 people are currently sleeping rough in Bosnia. As winter temperatures drop, aid workers increasingly worry about migrant centres being closed down in the area, and the growing hostility from local authorities and residents towards migrants and asylum seekers in the Western Balkan country.

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