Syrian refugee crisis: Suffering on the Serbia-Hungary border
Laura Gilmour, CARE International UK press officer, reports from the Serbian/Hungarian border where CARE is distributing food, water and other supplies to Syrian refugees:
“The sense of desperation and chaos is immense. CARE’s been trying to do distributions, to give out emergency food and water and baby kits, and there’s just no place to do it.
The tear gas, the water bombs, have been non-stop for many hours now.
“There are streams of people backed up along the road. They’re trying to find food and water. A lot of people are dehydrated.
People say, ‘We’ve come this far, we have walked 200km’. Some of them haven’t slept for nine days, and they say they can’t go back, they don’t have a home to go back to in Syria.
“They’re saying, ‘We’ve left one war zone to find ourselves in another – where are our human rights?’
“They are very very tired, they haven’t had food or water for many days. CARE is trying to find out if we can set up some basic shower facilities, somewhere to sleep, particularly for women who are much more vulnerable and haven’t been able to shower.
We’re providing immediate help, food and water, hygiene kits particularly for women and children.
“It’s basic but these people literally don’t have anything. They’ve been walking for so long, they didn’t carry any luggage, a lot of them have been robbed on the way so they don’t have money, they don’t have phones.”
CARE is working with our partner organisation Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre to distribute emergency kits to refugees in Serbia. The packages contain drinking water, food and hygiene items for women. In addition, families with small children have been provided with nappies, wipes, baby food and disinfectant.
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