Migrants in burnt Bosnia camp Await Fresh tents in blizzard

Migrants cook inside a makeshift shelter at the Lipa camp, outside Bihac, Bosnia, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. A fresh spate of snowy and very cold winter weather on has brought more misery for hundreds of migrants who have been stuck for days in a burnt out camp in northwest Bosnia waiting for heating and other facilities. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnian police have begun transferring some migrants and refugees stuck in a burnt-out camp to heated tents, a U.N. migration officer said Friday, as new snow and freezing weather added to the distress of people stranded at the Balkan nation whilst attempting to hit Western Europe.

Countless Lipa camp residents attempted to heat fires during a blizzard in the facility in northwest Bosnia as police hurried to equip some 20 brand new tents intended to accommodate them. A Dec. 23 fire gutted the majority of the camp.

A few of the folks in the ruined camp did not wear socks or coats as they appeared to get food parcels from help groups.

“Many times go and that I did not have a shower, and we do not have power,” said Mohammad Afsal, from Pakistan. “Please stay with us and assist us. We’re in a very, very terrible condition!”

Bosnia has faced international criticism for leaving a few 1,000 individuals without recourse after the flame engulfed the squalid Lipa camp, which will be situated close to the boundary with European Union member Croatia.

Authorities initially said they’d move the camp inhabitants to a different place, but the transport strategy was called off following local citizens organized protests.

Bosnia’s armed forces set up the brand new tents a week, but the tents seemingly hadn’t been made entirely prepared to occupy the time that the weather worsened on Friday. Individuals were staying in small, unheated tents and containers fell and attempting to stay dry beneath make-shift nylon covers.

“We’ve got too much trouble in Lipa camp”

There are hundreds and hundreds of migrants in Bosnia that are attempting to reach Western Europe.

Migrants have complained they frequently face pushbacks and violence in the hands of Croatia’s authorities.